Convergence Reinvents the Automobile

Innovative Vehicle Design

Innovative Vehicle Design    Convergence

Convergence 2006 features a new and exciting project for youth, designed to stimulate innovative thinking through design and engineering. The Innovative Vehicle Design program unites high school teams with corporate partners around the design and building of a one-person, electric vehicle. Built as an innovation, not racing competition challenge, the IVD program allows each team a 10 month build window where students assume the leadership for all portions of the planning and development.

Corporate support includes professional coaching from 2 to 4 engineers and a $5,000 financial contribution that is matched by the CEF board of directors. The $10,000 budget per team must be spent using 90% of the funds for the car, and 10% to be used for an Engineering Ambassador-ship where high school students influence middle-school students in their districts.

Feel free to stop by and discover the innovative thinking and engineering that is embedded into each of the vehicles.

The 5 teams participating at Convergence 2006 are:

  • University High School, Ferndale, MI   -  Partnered with Siemens VDO
  • Huron Intermediate School District, Bad Axe, MI   -  Partnered with the CEF Board
  • Summit Academy High School, Flat Rock, MI   -  Partnered with General Motors
  • Pontiac Northern High School, Pontiac, MI   -  Partnered with Jabil Circuit
  • William D. Ford Career Tech Center, Wayne-Westland, MI   -  Partnered with Motorola Automotive

To learn more about the Convergence Education Foundation and the wide-ranging programs we support, contact Karl Klimek, Project Coordinator at: 313-647-9993, or e-mail him at:
Technology Rich Education for Kids
Phone: 313-647-9993