LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School (LHS) Automotive Technology program was recently awarded a $500 Exxon Excellence in Education grant for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related automotive projects. According to LHS automotive technology teacher Dave Richards, the grant will be used to purchase equipment for students to link their laptops to cars to perform diagnostics and gain a better understanding of automotive on-board computer systems.

The Excellence in Education grant is awarded to schools through local gas stations. For the 10th consecutive year, the Mount Pleasant Exxon station of Livingston applied for and awarded the grant to the LHS program, continuing a long-standing community partnership, according to Richards.

Noting that the goal of the grant is to supply schools with opportunities to purchase STEM-related materials for science and technology programs, Richards explained that all components of STEM education relate to his classes.

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“Our STEM link is using vehicles as an avenue to learn how the air/fuel ratio or stoichiometric ratio (SCIENCE) of a vehicle's fuel system can be programmed (TECHNOLOGY) using a fuel mapping software and taking input from sensors, such as oxygen levels in exhaust and air flow and pressure (ENGINEERING), to develop algorithms (MATH) to allow the vehicle to maintain the best fuel efficiency possible given the current driving conditions,” he said.

The Exxon Mobil Education Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.