Three members of the Los Altos High School Green Team organized an impressive set of online events to inspire "the next generation of clean and green drivers" aided by the PR co-chairs. Events were spread over 3 days. Two on instagram and Slack. The grand finale day on Zoom. Planning meetings and work on NDEW began June 28, 2020.
*Sept. 29 -- 30 minute video introduction on instagram. Spotlighting the benefits of EVs over ICEs and key takeaways: No Carbon Emissions and no emission of air pollutants, other advantages -- and outlining the content of next 2 events.
*Sept. 30 -- participants watched 2 youtube videos about EVs and answered 5 question quizzes after each one. Answers revealed and Q and A/discussion followed. The 2 videos were 1. The Trailer for What is the Electric Car by Plug in America, https://pluginamerica.org/what-electric-car/ 1:29 minutes; and an informative video, e.g.- EVs are the green energy future vs ICE emissions, advantage of Powergrid from renewables only (As is True in Our Part of the SF Bay Area), and more. https://www.copper.org/environment/sustainable-energy/electric-vehicles/ 1:39 min.
*Oct. 1st -- A very colorful and informative Zoom presentation was created -with colorful graphics to demonstrated each point - including each page of the Plug in America pdf of all 2020 EVs.
This was followed by 5 videos made by LAHS teachers showing their 7 EVs (5-10 minutes each) 1st-2020 Electric Blue Bolt; 2nd-2019 Tesla 3; 3rd-2020 Kia Soul and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV; 4th-Bolt and LEAF; 5th-Volt PHEV. Teachers discussed features of EVs: low maintenance, fun-driving, regen braking, etc. and why they purchased or leased them and what they liked best about their EVs.
Next, video -- One of the Green Team organizers made a video showing the 29 Level 2 EVSEs and 1 Level 3 Charging Station in the large LAHS Solar Canopied Parking Lot. These are available for teacher and staff charging. She then demonstrated how to use one of the 3 Tesla charging stations (of the 29) by charging her family's Tesla using the PowerFlex App - She especially noted that these EVSEs are available to the public whenever teachers are not on campus (after school, holidays, etc.)Teachers charge at no cost; public rates are very low due to large solar canopy arrays in the parking lot.
Next participants joined in the Green Team organized Kahoot EV Quiz. Due to Covid, prizes needed to be picked up by appointment. A table was set up at the end of the driveway at the home of lead student organizer with times set via email for individual winners to come by to pick up their prizes.
Highest scorers won succulent prizes (which Green Team organizers solicited as a donation from a local nursery) plus NDEW hand sanitizer, mask, and NDEW pen. Runner-up scorers received NDEW Water Bottles, hand sanitizer; masks and pens. Literature was available to all prize winners. The stickers, and pins were saved to be distributed at EV Display Day in the Quad during Earth Week - Covid permitting. Hats were given to 2 of the Dad's of organizers.
Green Team received many positive comments via their Slack channel, and sent to their school email addresses. This was a very positive experience for all of the student organizers. As Parent Adviser for the Club I was totally impressed with the beautiful graphics they used for their Zoom Info presentation and their ability to handle distance learning tools and social media so skillfully. Since all students are minors, school policy prohibits the sharing of any photos or videos of students. Thank you for understanding. And thank you for inspiring our students, their creativity, and accomplishments for NDEW. Sybil Cramer, City Captain for Los Altos High School NDEW, Los Altos, CA 94022
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