Kettering University to host high school vehicle design competition

FLINT, MI – Fifty Michigan high school teams will gather at Kettering University to participate in the 14th Annual Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge later this month.

The state-wide competition, hosted by Square One Education Network, will use the university’s Mobility Research Center.

Half of the teams will participate in person and the other half will participate virtually, according to a press release from the university.

The competition will take place on Tuesday May 18 and Wednesday May 19.

High school students will compete in four different categories: Innovative Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge, Innovative Mini-Vehicle Design Challenge, V2X Innovative Vehicle Design and Large Scale Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge.

Students are to reconfigure a “wheel-drive jeep” into an autonomous vehicle as part of the Innovative Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge, according to the release. The Large Scale Vehicle Design Challenge requires students to transform a gasoline go-kart kit to transform a car into an electric or hybrid vehicle.

“We are delighted to partner again with Square One to host this year’s event at MRC and to support the passion and skills of these incredibly talented future mobility leaders,” said Kip Darcy, vice president of managing registrations and marketing at Kettering University. “As an institution committed to innovative education and hands-on experience, we know the value of this competition not only for the participants, but also for the industries they will one day transform into.

Square One is a Michigan-based nonprofit educational organization that develops talent for the future workplace using hands-on learning experiences, according to its website.

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