Simon Hauger, a Drexel graduate is the founder of the Hybrid X Team. Based at West Philadelphia High School’s Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, this after school program is a team of high school students and teachers who have built alternative fuel vehicles and have competed with prestigious universities and car companies for the last decade. They insist on creating “bad ass” vehicles that do not sacrifice performance for economy.
The team has been widely recognized for their efforts by many including President Obama. They have been featured extensively in the print and broadcast media as well.
Last month, Hauger spoke at TedXPhilly about his experience directing the Hybrid X Team. The video (including an clip featuring President Obama) is embedded below. In the talk, Hauger highlighted the accomplishments of the Hybrid X Team and spoke about standardized testing and education reform,
In the 15 years I’ve been working for the Philadelphia school district, I’ve survived four different reforms. They’re all basically the same. They change the terminology but the fundamental approach is the same.
Hauger actually is dreaming bigger. He wants to start a school, Green Technology High School. I hope his ideas are successful–I’d love to send my kids to such a school when they are old enough. Our education system needs more leaders and pioneers like him.