STEM programs in colleges are often an effort to improve hands on skills in science, math, and technology, and at San Bernadino Valley College the result was a solar powered golf cart built by students that resembled a 1950s Chevy Bel Air
The school golf cart was the result of a collaboration between faculty, staff, and students. The mathmatics, technology, science, transfortation, culinary arts, computer information, and applied technologies divisions were represented. The golf cart draws energy from the sun, as students installed a solar panel on the roof.
In addition to the solar technology, the cart has radar sensors which alert drivers of obstacles in the rear. Students added an LED display sign and programmed it.
“It’s a big experience because what you’re doing is you’re integrating all the concepts that we teach in class. And we’re teaching them how to integrate it into an actual operating system because if they go out in the field and are working as an actual electronic technician, they have to know how all the systems come together and how they work,” said Tarif Halabi, chair of the Electricity and Electronics department at the college.