Next Big Idea Fest Inspires Science & Technology Careers Among Youth

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

LOS ALAMOS, NM — September 1, 2012 — A group of 13 Proctor and Gamble (P&G) engineers who call themselves Team Cheaparral are bringing their highly publicized Cheaparral 2J-2 Corvette to the Next Big Idea Festival, which takes place in Los Alamos, New Mexico on Sept. 15. Along with the Corvette, known as the “sucker Vette,” Team Cheaparral wants to bring young people up to speed on why the fields of technology, science and engineering are “cool.”

“Team Cheaparral exemplifies what we at the Next Big Idea Festival hope to teach our young people – that by challenging yourself using the math and science skills you learn at school mixed with innovative ideas and resourcefulness, we can open the doors to amazing possibilities,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet Manager and coordinator of the Next Big Idea Festival.

Assembly of the Corvette began in 2007, when Team Cheaparral used their science, math and technology skills – typically used to design and build machines that make P&G products (diapers, toothpaste, coffee, and razors, to name a few) – to transform a wrecked 1986 Chevy Corvette into an award winning race car for a cost of just $2,007.

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