Saturday, October 9, 2010

Students . . . Start Your Engines!

Jimmie Johnson signs an engine

Two students from Crawford High School of Invention and Design (IDEA), Kim Nguyen and Andrew Watkins-Blackshear, spoke to more than 250 attendees at the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Annual Golf Tournament Fundraising Dinner this week.

The students are part of the automotive career paths at IDEA related to transportation and alternative fuels. The school received a $32,500 grant last year from Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions to learn how to convert gasoline powered engines to operate on cleaner, alternative fuels.

The students brought the engine that was purchased with some of the grant funds to the dinner and explained how they reconfigured it to run on alternative fuels and how they measure the efficiency.

Both students and their teacher were personally invited to be guests of Jimmie Johnson at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pepsi MAX 400 NSCS Race this weekend. For more information, please contact the Office of College, Career and Technical Education, at (858) 503-1738.