On January 30, the AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School in Southfield, Michigan welcomed seven prominent executives from the General Motors Corporation. The school is the only charter school in Michigan to offer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes, Project Lead the Way and Automotive Engineering, and, to encourage the students, high school principal Dr. Hosep Torossian invited the executives to visit the school and share their own success stories as students and professionals at General Motors, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world.
During their visit, the executives saw a major project prepared by the students. Last year, Manoogian students in the Automotive Engineering class, led by their science teacher Steve Scott, built an electric car from scratch, which took part in a competition organized by Square One Education Network at M-City on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Out of 25 high schools being judged for endurance, speed, and energy efficiency, the Manoogian School’s electric car placed second. The car also won first place for innovation and presentation. This achievement led to a $5,000 sponsorship from the auto parts company MVC and another $5,000 from the Manoogian Foundation toward the production of this year’s electric car.
The executives were impressed with the quality of the electric car and were particularly intrigued by 17-year-old student Matthew Yaldo’s hazard-sensing device that beeps when there is an object within a precise range. Yaldo’s invention was immediately approved by the Apple Corporation for commercial use.
“I wish my parents could have seen the achievements of this amazing Armenian school,” said Jules Torossian, President of Women Engineers at General Motors. She also promised to begin a mentorship program for the Manoogian students.
For more information about the AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian School, please visit http://www.manoogian.org.
Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.
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