How To Get Switch Lab Electric Vehicle Assembly Kits In YOUR School

Switch Vehicle students at SEMA

How To Get Switch Lab Electric Vehicle Assembly Kits In YOUR School

Our reusable EV Kit is ideal for students interested in renewable energy, advanced technology, or automobile design. The Switch Lab teaches students how to work with their hands, solve problems, learn about systems, and gain experience in cutting-edge automotive technology.

In November 2022, The Switch Vehicles team attended the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and built one of our vehicles with the help of several students. The students who participated in the SEMA build were thrilled to participate, for it allows them to flex the Electric Vehicle assembly skills they’d been learning in school.

What Educators Have To Say About Their Switch Vehicles Experience

When asked about the STEM Curriculum that the Switch Vehicle program offers, Mr. Kenny Bowlus, the automotive training instructor at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Centennial, Colorado, had this to say about the Switch Vehicles program. 

 

When In Doubt, Invite The Decision Makers To See For Themselves

Adam Arndt, a high school automotive instructor, told us he invited two critical decision-makers to join his high school’s hot rod automotive team at SEMA to see how the automotive industry is growing. These two decision-makers were his high school principal and the education program coordinator for the State of Utah. 

Mr. Arndt said that they were impressed when the high school principal and education coordinator started walking around SEMA. They got to see how large the automotive industry is, what repair tools were required, how parts are made, and the growing importance of training on EVs. At the end of the SEMA Show, these two education decision-makers were excited to pursue the purchase of Switch Vehicles and other STEM-focused curricula that would create a winning solution for high school students in vocational tech programs throughout Utah.

How to Sell the Switch Labs Program to Your School Administrator

If you feel the students within your high school, CTE, vocational tech, or college program could benefit from gaining hands-on experience building a Switch Vehicle, it is important to share your ideas with your School Administrators.

First, make a case for why the Switch Labs EV Kit and Curriculum are valuable. 

With Electric Vehicle technology on the rise, there is a shortage of trained technicians outside of the manufacturers who can build or repair them. Due to this shortage of qualified EV technicians, the job market is eager to find people who have the skills to build and repair Electric Vehicles.  If your school wants to stay competitive by providing training for leading-edge EV technology, then the Switch Vehicle assembly kit is ideal.

Second, the Switch Lab curriculum is designed for CTE and STEM programs. 

CTE students are looking for a vocational program that will teach them the skills they need to be competitive in the workforce. With the rise in EVs and the lack of trained EV technicians, the Switch Lab fills this niche. Students receive hands-on training in designing, building, and testing an electric vehicle. Because the Switch vehicle provides complete access to everything, the training is future-proof and transferable across EV makes and models.  

STEM students are interested in hands-on projects to prepare them for college and potentially a career in engineering, robotics, or physics. With the Switch Kit, students master STEM competencies while learning the fundamentals of electric vehicle design, assembly, battery technology, aerodynamics, and more. 

The Switch Lab™ is an unforgettable class experience that also develops sought-after workforce skills, including communication, teamwork, adaptability, work ethic, and problem-solving.

Third, Finding Funding to Purchase The Switch Lab™. 

The Switch Lab™ has been funded by many state and local organizations, including The California Energy Commission, Sonoma Clean Power, The Clean Cities Coalition, and the CTE Foundation. While these are all California-based programs, other states have issued RFPs and grants for schools to purchase The Switch Lab™.

Reach out to your local CTE and energy companies to share your interest in expanding your programming to include EV technology. Now is the ideal time to share this idea with your school district or administrators so they can include it in their 2023 budget planning. 

Fourth, you’ll want to enroll in a train-the-trainer workshop. 

At Switch Vehicles, we offer train-the-trainer workshops across the country, where instructors experience The Switch Lab™ the same way their students will by building, testing, and then driving the finished Switch EV as a complete project-based learning process. The training is 4 ½ days and is appropriate for teachers from all disciplines – Auto Shop, Engineering, Physics, Robotics, Maker, and more. Manuals, textbooks, presentations, curriculum, and membership in the Switch Curriculum Club are all included. 

Upcoming Instructor Training Workshops:

  • February 20, 2023, @ Switch Vehicles Headquarters in Sebastopol, CA

  • March 20, 2023, @ Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA

  • April 17, 2023, @ Switch Vehicles Headquarters in Sebastopol, CA

  • May 8, 2023, @ Switch Vehicles Headquarters in Sebastopol, CA

Learn by gaining hands-on experience building a Switch Vehicle in 2023.

Is this the year you’ll make the switch? We hope so. The Switch Lab™ is an engaging hands-on project that your students will love and will make learning complex topics fun and interesting. This new EV technology isn’t ahead of its time. It’s right on time.

Our reusable EV Kit is ideal for students interested in renewable energy, advanced technology, or automobile design. The Switch Lab teaches students how to work with their hands, solve problems, learn about systems, and gain experience in cutting-edge automotive technology. Contact us today to learn more about how Switch Vehicles can benefit your school. Let’s grow the EV tech future together!

 

Exploring The Future of Electric Vehicles: Imagine What We Can Learn in 2023

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Exploring The Future Of Electric Vehicles: Imagine What We Can Learn In 2023

As we move further into the 21st century, the world is facing several challenges related to climate change and the need for sustainable energy sources. One technology that has garnered much attention in recent years is the electric vehicle (EV). While EVs are still a relatively small part of the overall automotive market, they are quickly gaining in popularity. They are seen as a key part of the solution to our environmental challenges.

EVs have the potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and combat climate change.

One of the biggest advantages of EVs is their potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Unlike traditional internal combustion engines, EVs are powered by batteries that can be charged using electricity from various sources, including renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. With the right infrastructure in place, EVs can help reduce our reliance on polluting fossil fuels and help combat climate change.

EVs can improve air quality and reduce air pollution in cities.

Another advantage of EVs is their potential to improve air quality. Because they produce no emissions, EVs can help reduce air pollution in cities, a major health concern. The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution is responsible for over 7 million deaths yearly, making it one of the leading causes worldwide. By reducing emissions, EVs can help improve air quality and save lives.

The cost of batteries is currently a major challenge for the widespread adoption of EVs.

Despite these advantages, there are still many challenges to overcome for EVs to become more widespread. One of the biggest challenges is the cost of batteries, which are currently one of the most expensive components of EVs. However, as battery technology continues to improve and costs come down, EVs are becoming more affordable and accessible to a wider range of consumers.

The lack of infrastructure to support EVs is also a challenge that needs to be overcome.

Another challenge is the need for infrastructure to support EVs. For EVs to be truly effective, we need to have a network of charging stations so that people can recharge their vehicles when they are on the go. While some charging stations are already in place, there is still a long way to go before we have the infrastructure needed to support widespread EV adoption.

We can expect continued growth in the EV market, battery technology improvements, and infrastructure development to support EVs.

Despite these challenges, the future of EVs looks bright. As battery technology improves and costs continue to come down, more and more people will be able to afford EVs. And as the infrastructure to support EVs continues to develop, we will see more electric vehicles on the road.

So what can we expect in 2023? It’s hard to say for sure, but if current trends continue, we expect to see continued growth in the Electric Vehicle market, with more and more people choosing EVs as their primary mode of transportation. We may also see improvements in battery technology, which could make EVs even more affordable and effective. And with the continued development of infrastructure to support EVs, we can expect to see more charging stations and other support systems in place to help make EV ownership even more convenient.

In short, the future of EVs looks bright, and there is a lot to be excited about. As we move into 2023 and beyond, we can expect continued growth and development in this exciting technology, and we can only imagine what we will learn and discover along the way.

Learn by gaining hands-on experience by building a Switch Vehicle in 2023.

Is this the year you’ll make a switch? We hope so. It’s time to stop feeding fossil fuel companies and to begin an age of renewable energy in our commutes. These vehicles have great potential to take us into the 2030s with grace and substantial fuel savings. This new technology isn’t ahead of its time. It’s right on time.

If you want to purchase a Switch Vehicle for your school, but are concerned about how to obtain training, we offer a comprehensive Switch Vehicles Instructor Training program. These workshops are designed to teach Educators how to assemble the vehicles, problem solve, and promote the STEM Curriculum across the multiple education programs. Teachers love learning how to build our EV assembly kit, for it gets students engaged in something they’re excited to learn!

Upcoming Instructor Training Workshops include the following:

  • January 9, 2023, @ Switch Vehicles Headquarters in Sebastopol, CA
  • January 9, 2023, @ Alamo Colleges – St. Philips College in San Antonio, TX
  • January 23, 2023, @ Red River College Polytechnic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • February 20, 2023, @ Switch Vehicles Headquarters in Sebastopol, CA
  • March 20, 2023, @ Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA
  • June 5, 2023, @ A-TEC Academy in Walpole, MA

Our reusable EV Kit is ideal for students interested in renewable energy, advanced technology, or automobile design. The Switch Lab teaches students how to work with their hands, solve problems, learn about systems, and gain experience in cutting-edge automotive technology. Contact us today to learn more about how Switch Vehicles can benefit your school.