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Children’s book by U of I students teaches third graders about automotive engineering

Children's book by U of I students teaches third graders about automotive engineering
Bioengineering professor Jennifer Amos created a program in which students write and illustrate children’s books with science, technology, engineering and mathematics themes. “Jenny Saves a Convertible,” the first book from the program to be published, teaches third-grade students the nuts and bolts of automotive design and engineering. Credit: Fred Zwicky

A new book written and illustrated by two recent alumnae of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign introduces third graders to the nuts and bolts of automotive mechanics and engineering.

“Jenny Saves a Convertible” is the first book written and illustrated by U. of I. students to be published through a project with Illinois Engineering Ambassadors, a public outreach and professional development group for students in the Grainger College of Engineering.

The group reaches more than 1,000 schoolchildren each year, providing high-quality educational events and hands-on activities on the U. of I. campus and in elementary and secondary schools in the

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Students to give refurbished car to family in need at Oxnard event

A dozen high school students will hand over keys to a car they’ve fixed up for a family in need on Saturday in Oxnard.

The moment will cap off a vehicle-heavy day that starts with a car show in Port Hueneme and a cruise through neighborhoods during which — with social distancing still a priority — residents can vote online for their favorite ride.

This year’s annual car giveaway through DRAGG, an after-school youth automotive program started by the Oxnard Police Department, has been updated with pandemic safety in mind. The car show, for example, won’t be open to the public and will be streamed online. The cruise is limited to about 65 participants who preregistered.

But other changes will bring the event closer to people who live in south Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The cruise route, which starts on Surfside Drive near the Port of Hueneme — the main

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Northeast Metro Tech students repair car for Haverhill National Guard veteran

Over the last few months, students from Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield partnered with a local nonprofit to repair and present a Ford C-Max hybrid car to a Haverhill National Guard veteran .

Maria Roca, said after her car stopped working, taking care of three young children as a single mother became much more difficult. The National Guard then introduced her to Second Chance Cars, a Concord-based nonprofit that provides donated cars to low-income veterans, healthcare workers, and people leaving prison, according to a statement from the school.

Roca, a 19-year veteran, received the car on Tuesday from students and staff at the regional technical high school.

“I’m relieved to say that we got a car — my kids are super excited, and I can now go shop and get to my medical appointments,” she said in the school’s statement.

Initially, Northeast Metro Tech intended to have students in the

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