TESLA visit

posted 8 Dec 2017, 05:58 by N Nelson   [ updated 8 Dec 2017, 05:59 ]

On Thursday 30th November, 230 students from the academy were fortunate enough to take part in a very special STEM event, focused on our current whole school theme of vehicles and transportation.

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A few months ago, Mr Nicholson met Hussain Mawjee from TESLA at a motor show. After discussing how Ryde Academy had an amazing STEM curriculum, Hussain agreed to arrange a school visit to discuss the company he worked for and bring along a TESLA Model X.

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Hussain works in sales for TESLA and has a degree in Motorsport Engineering, making him a perfect role model for inspiring students.

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Students attended a presentation and learnt about Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk and how our carbon footprint is causing problems for the planets ecosystem. A question and answer session followed, where our students came up with many questions. Some of these questions included:

What happens to the batteries after they are used up?

Has TESLA considered making electric vehicles for public transportation?

Why should we choose more expensive electric cars when traditional fuel cars are cheaper?

At the end of the session the students were allowed to get close to the Model X and sat in it, took selfies and asked lots of questions.

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Taking full advantage of Hussain’s experience in engineering, many students asked about career choices and left feeling very inspired about the opportunities that are available to them.

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There is a misconception that electric cars don’t perform as well as fossil fuel cars. This couldn’t be further from the truth, the Model X runs 0-60 Miles Per Hour in just over 2 seconds!

 

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