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The first Chevrolet Volt available for retail sale will be offered at public auction with the proceeds benefiting math and sciences education in the Detroit Public Schools.
“Every aspect of the Volt – from its aerodynamic shape to its battery chemistry – is a testament to the importance of math and sciences,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “By encouraging Detroit-area students to pursue these topics, we hope to cultivate the next generation of engineers who will build upon the Volt’s innovative technologies.”
Reuss announced the auction during an event at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, where the Volt is assembled. At the event, Reuss announced the first Volt built during regular production will be retained by Chevrolet in recognition of the team’s efforts to bring the revolutionary car from concept to reality. The first Volt bearing the vehicle identification number ending in BU100002 – will be auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.
The Volt offered in the auction has a Viridian Joule exterior, Light Neutral interior with dark accents, Premium Trim Package, Rear Camera and Park Assist Package, and polished wheels. The auction also includes a 240-volt charging station and home installation. The opening bid is $50,000.
Bids for the first retail Volt will be accepted at www.bidonthevolt.com until 6 p.m. on Dec. 14. The winning bid will be announced by Chevrolet on Dec. 16. The winner’s Volt will be delivered in December.
Funds raised through the auction will be donated to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation to support initiatives such as robotics competitions – including students’ entry fees, travel costs, and competition-related equipment.
“One of our primary focus areas is science and math enrichment,” said Chacona W. Johnson, President & CEO of the foundation. “Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math is critical for the success of our students in higher education, and in their future careers in the 21st century workforce.”
The tax-exempt Detroit Public Schools Foundation is dedicated to supporting Detroit students. In addition to science and math enrichment, the foundation supports fine and performing arts programs; early childhood investment; building academic and athletic leadership; and college preparatory investment.
“An estimated 80 percent of jobs in the next decade are going to require skills based in math and science. With the support of GM, Detroit students will be better equipped to make a difference in Detroit, in Michigan, and in the United States,” said Robert Bobb, Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager. “We appreciate General Motors’ support in developing the next generation of engineers.”
The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle that can operate under a range of weather climates and driving conditions with little concern of being stranded by a depleted battery. The Volt has a total driving range of up to 375 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 340 miles on a full tank.
About Detroit Public Schools’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives
- The Chevy Volt rollout coincides with DPS’ renewed emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, including strengthening the academic curriculum, resurrecting its relationship with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) and increasing student access to and participation in science fairs.
- Under Detroit Public Schools’ five-year academic plan, instructional time in math (and reading) is expanded to 120 minutes daily in every kindergarten through eighth-grade class.
- The increased instructional time will build on the success of the district’s Summer Academy and Extended Day programs, which increased access to math and literacy courses and have allowed thousands of struggling students to catch up to their peers.
- The academic plan, which aims for a 98 percent graduation rate by 2015, also calls for struggling ninth graders to be scheduled back-to-back Algebra I and English Language Arts courses – called double dosing – to strengthen those skills.
- DPS is working with DAPCEP at the high school level to provide student workshops and help teachers and students prepare for the 54th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, at Cobo Center March 16-20, 2011.
- DAPCEP already operates middle school-level programs in 27 schools. To increase participation, the district invited all students in grades 6-12 who to participate in “How to Enter and Present Your Best Science Fair Project,” on November 20.
- DPS boasts a number of innovative STEM-related programs, including an all-girls competitive robotics team for high school students and Lego League for middle school students at the Detroit International Academy; and a rigorous program at Davis Aerospace Technical High School to prepare students for higher education while developing technical skills to prepare students for a career in aviation.
- The district also has a growing partnership with the Detroit Science Center, which now operates the Detroit Children’s Museum that is owned by Detroit Public Schools. The partnership has included free school group field trips tied state MEAP testing objectives at the Science Center for Detroit Public Schools students and teachers and more.
- In the MCAT program at Martin Luther King High School, students take double math throughout school and take 3 or 4 AP courses before they graduate. More than 100 kids are currently in the program. They are going through ways to incorporate the program in their new building. Among the options: Scuba diving and natural learning pieces.