Carson City students tour Tesla Gigafactory

Pioneer High students toured the Tesla Gigafactory recently.

Pioneer High students toured the Tesla Gigafactory recently.

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More than two dozen Pioneer students had the opportunity to learn about educational and career opportunities related to technology and sustainability at the Tesla Gigafactory last week.

The visit started in the lobby, where students admired the 20-plus foot “living wall” which is a wall covered from floor to ceiling with a variety of plants, followed by an introduction and overview of the different motor types of Tesla builds in the plant for the various car models.

The students learned about Tesla's vision for a future where all transportation runs on electricity and where energy is generated through clean, renewable sources.

The students were divided into groups with half taking a plant tour while the others met with Tesla employees to learn about Tesla and do a small experiment.

During the tour, students observed parts of the motor and battery assembly and were impressed by the robotics and automation throughout the plant.

Additionally, students learned about the history of the Tesla plant and some of the trials and successes that have occurred over the years. They learned how Tesla has used those lessons to benefit other factories as they have come online. Later, students built miniature motors using a battery, magnet, and a coil of wire.

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