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ECC goes to Arcola STEaM Day

The Electric Car Club, visited Arcola Middle School on March 31st to teach kids about the electric car and clean vehicles. STEaM day is an annual event at Arcola design to get kids interested in STEM related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and to show how the arts can be incorporated into these jobs. The Electric Car Club spoke to seven classes and showed them the Lorax. Some lucky kids even got the chance to ride in the car.

To learn more about STEaM day click here

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Ambler Savings Bank Donates $10,000 to Methacton E-Car Club

The Electric Car Club, an advisor, a member of the Education Foundation for the Methacton Community and an Ambler Savings Bank executive. See article for full photo caption. Credit: Leann Pettit and Ambler Savings Bank

The Electric Car Club, an advisor, a member of the Education Foundation for the Methacton Community and an Ambler Savings Bank executive. See article for full photo caption. Credit: Leann Pettit and Ambler Savings Bank

Ambler Savings Bank gave a check for $10,000 to the Education Foundation for the Methacton Community on Nov. 4 as a contribution to Methacton High School’s Electric Car Club, according to a media release from the bank.

The school’s car club, which began in 2001, accepts members from grades 9 through 12 and meets weekly. It is one of the educational offerings accepted by Pennsylvania for Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) donations.

The EITC program allows businesses who donate to organizations approved by the program to write off up to 90% of the donation in tax credit form. In participating, the business must also make a two-year commitment to the organization.

“We are a community bank and want to support the local schools and student learning through innovative programs such as the Electric Car Club,” said Roger Zacharia, the bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The club has built an electric car, which is called “The Lorax.” They recently bought a box truck that they are trying to convert to run on used vegetable oil, which is supplied by local restaurants. There is a photovoltaic array on top of the truck to be used to charge the club’s electric car and the displays in a mobile classroom. The truck will also be used as a mobile classroom to teach the public about alternative energy sources.

For further information about the Electric Car Club, visit methactonecc.org.

Ambler Savings Bank has its headquarters in Ambler, PA, with locations in Fairview Village at 3009 West Germantown Pike in Worcester, and locations in Limerick and Schwenksville. For further information, visit http://www.amblersav.com.

Photo caption: (from left to right) Ambler Savings Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Roger A. Zacharia, Methacton High School Teacher and Electric Car Club Advisor Steve Savitz, Education Foundation for the Methacton Community President Mark Constable; and members of the MHS electric car club, including Max Willcox, SaiArvind Ganganapalle, David Besley, Neel Mehta, Shayan Farmand, Nick Biglin, Amanda Amornwichet, and Megan Rothgeb.

(Taken from Lower Providence Patch)

Methacton High School’s Electric Car Club goes out for a spin

Tracy Miehlke, a Senior Analyst with PJM, gave the students a tour of the car and answered questions. The $60,000 car, which is on loan from BMW, has a 100 mile range when fully charged. The Electric Car Club participates in events and competitions with their own eletric car and strive to raise awareness about alternative energy and electric cars. Photo by Gene Walsh / Times Herald Staff

LOWER PROVIDENCE — Members of the Methacton High School Electric Car Club got to take a spin in an ActiveE BMW at the school Thursday. Tracy Miehlke, a Senior Analyst with PJM, gave the students a tour of the car and answered questions. The $60,000 car, which is on loan from BMW, has a 100 mile range when fully charged. The Electric Car Club participates in events and competitions with their own eletric car and strive to raise awareness about alternative energy and electric cars.

(Taken from the Times Herald)

Methacton High School Electric Car Club to participate in inaugural Philadelphia Science Festival (2011)

PHILADELPHIA – The Methacton High School (MHS) Electric Car Club will travel to Philadelphia to participate in the inaugural Philadelphia Science Festival, a new two-week, citywide collaboration showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics in April.

The MHS students and the Electric Car Club’s electric vehicle, “The LORAX” will be among the exhibits featured at the Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During their interactive presentation entitled, “It’s Electric! The LORAX,” the students will share their “secrets of success.” Participants will learn about the Electric Car Club and why it’s important to look into alternative energy sources. The program will show how battery electric vehicles work, how solar cells produce electricity and the practicality of using renewable energy to charge an electric vehicle.

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration April 15-28 showcasing the impact of science and technology past, present and future. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Festival builds on Philadelphia’s own rich history of innovation with dozens of free lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits and other informal learning experiences at museums, libraries and even street corners and concert halls. More than 105 institutions are collaborating to produce the inaugural Festival, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org or call 215-448-1128.

(Taken from Montgomery Media)