Goleta, CA Students Win Grand Prize in DASH+ National High School Contest

Winning team from Santa Barbara-area will travel to Detroit to pitch their Dashboard of the Future to automakers

Jun 16, 2010, 12:00 ET from Progressive Automotive X PRIZE

PLAYA VISTA, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- EDV Technologies from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, CA, has been named the Grand Prize winner of the DASH+ student contest.  More than 10,000 online votes representing all 50 states were combined with scores from an independent panel of expert judges to determine which semi-finalist team would travel to Detroit this summer to pitch their dashboard of the future to automotive industry representatives.  

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Part of an educational program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE – the competition to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles, DASH+ is a national contest that challenged high school students to use their creativity and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to design an eco-friendly dashboard that provides feedback to encourage fuel-efficient driving.

EDV (El Diseno Verde) includes students Jake Moghtader, Nikhil Shinday and Kelvin Noronha and mentor Kevin Schantz, a software architect at QAD – a global provider of enterprise software and services in Santa Barbara.  The team collaborated to design the dashboard, complete a technical plan and create a video pitch. Their dashboard design incorporates technology that continuously calculates maximum fuel economy based on previous performance of other vehicles on similar road conditions.  The dashboard alerts the driver of environmental impact and awards GreenPoints, creating an eco-friendly competition.

"We have an exciting VIP experience planned for the Grand Prize trip that we hope will motivate these students to continue working toward STEM-focused and environmentally conscious careers," said Mitch Aiken, Director of Education, Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. "EDV is an inspiration and proof that our nation's students will pave the way for innovation and drive change across industries."

EDV will head to Detroit July 19-21 where they will pitch their ideas to automotive industry representatives, learn about college opportunities and meet competing teams in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.

The two other semi-finalist teams were DASH Tech of the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, MI, and Harker Innovation of The Harker School in San Jose, CA.  In recognition of their accomplishments and to help further their education goals, all three semi-finalist teams will equally share $10,000 thanks to contributions from Progressive Insurance and Cisco Systems, Inc.

For more information on DASH+ and the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Education Program, visit http://fuelourfuturenow.com/contest.  

SOURCE Progressive Automotive X PRIZE