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National Mechanics 22. S 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Science on Tap: Shifting Gears

Monday Feb 11 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone who is interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics.

It's held at National Mechanics, a relaxed, convivial bar in Old City, and features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation.
“Shifting Gears: Challenging Students to Solve the World’s Toughest Problems… and Creating Badass Hybrid Cars in the Process” is presented by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

How did urban high school students dream up the world’s first badass hybrid – a car that is faster than a Porsche and gets better fuel economy than a Prius? Simon Hauger will share the story of his awarding-winning hybrid vehicle program, which was recently honored at the White House and featured in a Frontline documentary. He will also share lessons learned from the first year at his new school, The Sustainability Workshop, and what it tells us about teaching and learning.

Simon Hauger is an engineer turned urban high school math and science teacher. He began the Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School 13 years ago to engage his students in math, science and engineering. The students won multiple national competitions with the hybrid vehicles they designed and built and which outperformed top Universities and corporations. The innovative approach to education that powered the Hybrid X Team to victory is the basis for a new school that Simon and his colleagues began in 2012. The Sustainability Workshop challenges students to solve the world’s most pressing problems, and organizes teaching and learning in service of doing. Simon and his wife have three wonderful children.

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