'Driven To Succeed' Radio Series Features GEAR UP Students
Utah Public Radio’s series 'Driven to Succeed' was created based on the experiences of STARS! GEAR UP students at Utah State University. These seven first-year college students worked with mentors from USU’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center (SELECT), in the College of Engineering. During that time, they designed and built a single-seat electric car using cutting-edge technology. The team, called Aggie Recharge, raced their car along with 23 other electric cars built by middle and high school students throughout the state at the 2019 Utah Greenpower Electric Car Challenge. While it looked like the rest of the F24 cars in the challenge, it charged wirelessly from the roadway while in motion.
Throughout the process, UPR reporter Ashley Rohde talked with these 7th Year GEAR UP students about what they learned, their experiences, and their future goals. The series concluded on May 9 with an episode of Access Utah, talking with Rohde, Jeannine Huenemann, and Ryan Bohm about the process of building the car, what GEAR UP does for students, and the future of electrified transportation vehicles. The 3-part series aired in April and May, 2019, during UPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition.