Engineering Students Demo Alternative Vehicle Technology at STEM Day

A dozen SJSU mechanical engineering students demonstrate their hybrid and electric vehicle projects for Mountain View High School students during STEM Day activities recently. Here, SJSU student Jack Irwin motors high school students in the 4-wheel, all electric Quad Cycle, which runs off solar energy for two hours and has a top speed of 35-MPH. Students were also introduced to the Mini ZEM, a zero-emission 3-wheel hybrid bicycle that was created as part of a senior design project.  

Fred Barez, a SJSU mechanical engineering professor, said high school students were most impressed that college students have the skills to design the innovative vehicles from scratch.  

The event gives high school students hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and math fields.