The Sustainable Transportation Education Program (STEP) is a pre-college program with the FREEDM Systems Center, the College of Engineering and North Carolina State University. STEP is a program educating middle and high school students on sustainable transportation and the current shift towards the electrification of transportation. The program provides teacher training and curricula on electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), Smart Grid, alternative fuels, wide bandgap semiconductors, and careers in science, engineering, and technology while providing application to the automotive and supporting infrastructure. The STEP curricula is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) based program that includes problem-solving, critical thinking, and inquiry-based learning with relevance to real world issues.
The funding for this program has been generously provided by Duke Progress Energy.
The team includes:
Dr. Pam Carpenter, FREEDM Systems Center and PowerAmerica Education and Workforce Development
Dr. Bill DeLuca, Department of STEM Education, Technology Engineering and Design Education Program
Ms. Megan Morin, PhD Student and Engineering Educator
Mr. Erik Schettig, Engineering Educator
Dr. Nasim Lari, Research Assistant