A team from Hyde Community College, made up of students aged between 11 and 16-years-old, have developed an electric car, which was raced against other students in the GreenPower Formula 24 recently.
The car, which is powered by two 12 volt batteries, reached a top speed of 35 miles per hour and was raced for the first time in a qualifying round at the Anglesey Circuit on 3 July.
The team of four students Dominic Mayhew, Jordan Hill, Dominic Hill and Joe Slamon managed to win two trophies in their first competitive race, claiming the best newcomer and the spirit of green-power award given for their sheer determination and resilience, all done with a smile on their faces.
The GreenPower challenge helps address the engineering skill gap and uses the excitement of motorsports to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The event consists of more than 700 teams throughout the UK with 35 regional events and an international final.
The team approached local metal recycling company EMR for sponsorship to compete in the event. Adam Sellers, Site Manager at EMR’s Hyde depot said: “GreenPower Formula 24 gives secondary school aged children the opportunity to design, build and race an electric, single seater car on some the UK’s top motor circuits.
“When we were approached by the students from Hyde Community College, we had to support the project that will give these students incredible experience and skills.
“We recycle anything from a toaster to an aircraft carrier and we wouldn’t be able to do that without investing heavily in developing our own technology. We recognise the importance of giving young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills that are stepping stones into an engineering career.”
Mr M Brogan, Assistant subject leader in Design and Technology from Hyde Community College said:
“For the students to be able to design and the build the car, it was vital that they approached local business for sponsorship to fund the challenge. The team were thrilled when EMR were able support. This challenge has been instrumental in teaching the students how to liaise with a local business, along with the necessary engineering skills of effective time management required to take on a project of this magnitude. ”