Switch EV Lab
In a longstanding partnership with Sonoma Clean Power and Switch Electric Vehicles, CTE Foundation facilitates implementation of the Switch Electric Vehicle (EV) Lab in schools.
The Switch EV Lab is designed to teach the fundamentals of electric vehicle design, manufacturing and maintenance while also exposing students to concepts in electricity, alternative fuels, automotive technology and clean energy generation. Students work together to assemble a road-ready electric vehicle kit paired with curriculum that utilizes advanced math, science and team-building exercises that build awareness of careers in green technology and provide opportunities for students to learn from failure – a critical skill recognized as a keystone of innovation that is not often taught in academic settings.
To date, 10 Switch EV Labs have been distributed to North Bay schools, including one middle school, serving to enhance curriculum in science, engineering, make and automotive programs.
2022-2023 Switch EV Lab Program Participants:
- Hanna High School – Computer Science
- Rancho Cotate High School – Make/Engineering
- Anderson Valley High School – CTE
- Piner High School – Make/Engineering
- Healdsburg Junior High School – Make/Engineering
- Windsor High School – Principles of Engineering / Robotics
- Petaluma High School – Automotive & Metal Shop
- Maria Carrillo High School – Automotive
- Sonoma Valley High School – Engineering
Career-connected learning (aka work-based learning) is at the heart of the Switch EV Lab Program. The Switch vehicle is designed to provide a hands-on experience that teaches students engineering, electronics, automotive and the importance of sustainable energy.
Ongoing Teacher Training
Teachers in the Switch EV Lab program are provided several paid opportunities for professional development, including an intensive week-long training at Switch Vehicles Inc., regular Community of Practice gatherings, one-on-one coaching from a SCOE Work-Based Learning Coach, and pre-designed project templates to implement hands-on student projects to enhance their classes.
Switch EV Rally
The Switch EV Rally is an annual event culminating a year of student creativity and hard work on the Switch EV. The event is designed to inspire an innovative mindset in students and teachers, and provide an opportunity for students to showcase their vehicles. Students will demonstrate what they have learned throughout the year through presentations and challenges, explore the work of other Switch students and engage in fun, hands-on activities.