Wheat Ridge teens design and build hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Wheat Ridge High School STEM Program. 9NEWS at 8 a.m. 10/14/16.

Wheat Ridge STEM students are graduating from high school with skills in marketing, public speaking, engineering and complex design, just to name a few.

With the motto, "Where the cross roads of education and creativity meet", this STEM program allows student to learn through trial by error, rather than teach a universal method to get to a correct answer. Hands-on learning is at the heart of the program, as students learn every step of complex problems that will allow them to gain experience toward high paying careers in industries looking for young minds.

Wheat Ridge High School's STEM program has announced the continuation of a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver Engineering Program. The partnership with UCD will extend through the next two years.

Wheat Ridge administrators say, "The students will learn the tools and techniques of the engineering world from a collection of experts as they work on individual projects along with competing in a variety of competitions throughout the year."

The STEM students are currently working on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which they will use to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon, a worldwide competition between students who design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars. Shell's competition takes place annually and challenges students to focus on efficiency, rather than speed. Designs must undergo a thorough interview process, pre-race check and scrutiny by judges. Last year's Wheat Ridge STEM team took second place at the competition and this year their goal is to come home as champions.

Students in the program are encouraged to adhere to the philosophy of learning through doing and are taught the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

To learn more about the Wheat Ridge STEM Program, visit their website here: http://bit.ly/2e7jbnT.

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