Kettering University Hosts Innovative Vehicle Design Competition

65 teams from middle and high schools will compete in the 15th annual Square One Education Network Innovative Vehicle Design (IVD) Challenge on May 18 at the University of Kettering’s Mobility Research Center (MRC).

The event starts at 9 am

Although most of the participating teams are from Michigan, some come from Virginia and Texas. The IVD Challenge includes three separate competitions:

  • The Innovative Autonomous Car Design Challenge
  • Innovative mini car design challenge
  • A full-scale innovative car design challenge

“The 2022 Square One IVD competition will showcase the talent and creativity of today’s middle and high school students in STEM fields,” said Barb Land, CEO of Square One Education Network. “Our IVD assignments reflect the challenges that real-world engineers face around connected, autonomous and electric vehicle technology and expose kids to career paths they might never have considered. These projects are the attractions that inspire children to engage in STEM, and develop the future high-tech talent they need. Industry “.

Square One is a Michigan-based nonprofit educational organization focused on developing talent for the workforce of the future. Through partnerships with higher education institutions and industry, Square One empowers educators and students with hands-on learning experiences about high-quality STEM projects.

“We are very excited to be hosting an IVD Challenge Day at Square One at the MRC in Kettering,” said Scott Travis, Director of Specialized Admissions at Kettering University. “We look forward to seeing Square One students in action – their innovative designs, and building their troubleshooting skills on the spot. Examples of all kinds of mobility solutions will be available during the competition, but the value of hands-on approaches, project-based learning and collaboration will also be demonstrated. There are so many facets of The obvious similarity between Square One and Kettering University – it’s a natural partnership. Our industry partners know that, too.”

The Innovative Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge project tasks students with re-engineering a “Power Wheels Jeep” into an autonomous vehicle. The Challenge of Designing Innovative Miniature Vehicles requires teams to re-engineer a 1/10th scale RCV for optimum performance. The large-scale innovative vehicle design challenge inspires teams to convert a small gas-powered family of cars or build a car from the ground up into an electric or hybrid vehicle with an innovative component that sets it apart from the rest.

Glenn Stevens, CEO of MICHauto and Vice President of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber, will be on hand to make remarks in the morning. In his role, Stevens provides leadership to the MICHauto program in its efforts to promote, grow, and retain Michigan’s next-generation automobile industries.

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