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GEARING TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Barrett-Jackson is partnering with SciTech Institute to bring you “Gearing Towards The Future” — a community, education and outreach initiative focused on STEM education.

Barrett-Jackson’s Gearing Towards The Future aims to encourage and develop future automotive engineers and technicians. The learning modules focus on teaching students how to solve problems and develop new skills using challenge-based projects related to automobiles.

This year’s projects include:

  • Designing a vehicle for the future
  • Designing, creating and building transportation of the future
  • Designing, creating and building electrical components

Winners from the Gearing Towards The Future challenges will display their projects along with companies and organizations focused on STEM initiatives as part of a one-day event called STEM Fest during the 2023 Scottsdale Auction in January, where they will also receive their awards.

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All Ages: Design Transportation of The Future

Open to students of all ages (preschool through age 20), Challenge 2 examines transportation of the future.

For this project, students will need to present a future plan for transportation options in a community setting of any size. Use the worksheet to identify three key features and describe the design and layout of the community. This can be done as an essay, presentation, 3D model or design drawings.

The deadline to submit your project is January 3, 2023.

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4th and 5th Grade: Design a Vehicle of The Future

Open to all fourth-grade students working individually or in a team of up to four students, Challenge 1 is all about designing a vehicle — a vehicle of the future.

For this project, students will need to present a future vehicle of any size. Use the worksheet to identify three key features and describe the design and the layout of the vehicle. This can be done as an essay, presentation or 3D model.

The deadline to submit your project is January 3, 2023.

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7th and 8th Grade: Design Electric vehicle Components and Features

Open to 10th grade students working individually or as a team of up to six, Challenge 3 focuses on designing and building a working prototype of an electrical component for any vehicle of any size for the future of transportation.

Participants can use this worksheet to craft an essay, presentation, design drawings, 3D model or prototype, identifying three key features of the component as well as the design and layout of the component.

The deadline to submit your project is January 3, 2023.

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10th and 11th Grade: Design a Plan for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure of The Future

Open to students in seventh and eighth grade working individually or as a team of up to four, Challenge 4 is about creating a plan that outlines how to implement electric vehicle charging infrastructure across all 50 states. With the EV world growing at the pace it is, the need for a larger charging infrastructure plan across the U.S. is critical.

For this project, students will need to present innovative options for an electric vehicle charging infrastructure that could be implemented throughout the U.S. Use the worksheet to identify three key features of the plan in a featured drawing and reference sources of information.

The deadline to submit your project is January 3, 2023.

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