Simon Hauger

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Simon Hauger is an engineer turned inner-city high school math and science teacher. He began the Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School 13 years ago to engage his students in math, science and engineering. The students in this after-school program have won multiple national competitions with the hybrid vehicles they designed and built. Their vehicles have outperformed top universities and corporations. In 2010, the team was honored at the White House. The innovative approach to education that powered the Hybrid X Team to victory is the basis for a new school that Hauger and his colleagues have begun. The Sustainability Workshop challenges students to solve the world’s most pressing problems, and organizes teaching and learning in service of doing so. Hauger and his wife have three wonderful children. He drives a super fast biodiesel Jetta that was built by the team. He loves his family and his car.
  • Speaker PopTech 2010
  • Speaker PopTech 2011
  • Session Leader PopTech 2013

Archived blog posts

School's boring: Learn differently with Simon Hauger

Simon Hauger, an urban educator and founder of the The Sustainability Workshop in Philadelphia, believes that school should be about students solving real world problems to have life changing educational experiences. If you ask kids, they’ll tell you school is boring. He explains, “Traditional school is just focused on content. And if that’s not in the service of ”ellipses">…

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Simon Hauger and The Workshop School

Simon Hauger, who presented at PopTech both last year and this year, began the Hybrid X Team at West Philadelphia High School 13 years ago to engage his students in math, science and engineering and help them apply the concepts they were learning in school. The students in this after-school program have won multiple national competitions with the hybrid vehicles they designed

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This week in PopTech: Movies, magazines, books and more

This week in PopTech: Movies, magazines, books and more

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Earlier this week epidemiologist Ian Lipkin (PopTech 2008) contributed a New York Times op-ed on why he decided to consult on the movie ‘Contagion’.&Read more »

Michelle Obama’s special guest at the State of the Union: A member of the West Philly High EVX team

A casual listener to the first thirty minutes of last night’s “Win the Future”-themed State of the Union speech could be forgiven for thinking it was written by Thomas Friedman. Amid references to South Korean broadband and Chinese cleantech, President Obama laid out a national strategy for America in the age of the flattening world, rooted in increased R&D

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Simon Hauger and Azeem Hill on education, cooperation, and bad-ass hybrids

Simon Hauger and Azeem Hill on education, cooperation, and bad-ass hybrids

Post updated 1/26/11.
Check out Simon Hauger and Azeem Hill’s talk about the West Philly Hybrid XTeam from PopTech 2010.

Original post published 10/23/10.

The West Philly Hybrid XTeam came this close (thumb and forefinger ever so narrowly spaced) to winning the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE’s $10 million prize this year.

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Using Contests to Drive Radical Innovation

Using Contests to Drive Radical Innovation

Last week, the X PRIZE Foundation announced a $1.4 million contest for new technologies to clean up ocean oil spills. The competition was spurred, in part, by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which has become one of the largest oil spills in history.

The educational foundation relies on carefully designed contests to drive breakthrough innovation. It builds on the success

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