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Community

It is crucial to remember that technology is built for people, not the other way around. We strive to connect our work to the community around us, from talking about renewable energy at the elementary schools to competing in electric car competitions.

Education:

Philadelphia Auto Show (Yearly): The Methacton ECC has also been a part of the Philadelphia Auto Show for several years now. We have proudly displayed the Lorax and Boxtruck in order to spread awareness about the growing importance of electric vehicles and renewable energy.

Arcola Career Day (Yearly): We have been part of the Arcola Intermediate School Career Day for several years now, talking to young middle-schoolers about renewable energy and the club they have the opportunity to join soon. We’ve brought along models, like our electric bike!

Virtual Elementary Presentations (2020): During COVID-times, the MECC visited third and fourth graders in our local elementary schools to talk about our club and renewable energy. The kids at Worcester and Woodland Elementary had lots of fun, especially with the hands-on and competition parts of the visit.

Temple Ambler Earth Day (2016): MECC went to the Temple Ambler Campus to present the Lorax (the club’s electric car) to elementary school kids. In the process, ECC explained how electric cars work and helped raise environmental awareness.

Discover Your Future Camp: At the Montgomery County Community College, our team worked with young children at the Discover Your Future Camp!

Eagleville Demonstrations: We visited Eagleville Elementary School to show some fun demonstrations about renewable energy! The young students learned a lot during our time together.

Competitions:

PennState Automotive Challenge: The Methacton Electric Car Club competes at a three-day competition at the Hydrogen Energy Research Center at Penn State University. Dr. Joel Anstrom, one of the research directors, runs the event called the “21st Century Automotive Challenge”. Built and manufactured cars compete at events that include range, carbon dioxide emissions, efficiency, cargo capacity, and autocross.

  • 2007: 1st Place
  • 2008: 3rd Place
  • 2009: 3rd Place
  • 2010: 1st Place
  • 2011: 1st Place
  • 2012: 1st Place
  • 2013: 3rd Place
  • 2014: 1st Place
  • 2015: 2nd Place

Tour de Sol: The club has competed in the Tour de Sol in the years before it ended, a green car race competition organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

  • 2003: 1st Place
  • 2004: 1st Place
  • 2005: 1st Place
  • 2006: 2nd Place