With a huge turnout of 22 cars, this year’s event (at the oddly named Banjo Road) on the Littlehampton seafront was packed to capacity. Once again the event was brilliantly supported by The Littlehampton Academy (with Geoff Davis providing his usual Murray Walker routine supplying an excellent commentary). Also giving their annual staunch support were the Littlehampton Lions Club with a great team of volunteers, as well as the local IMechE and Stem Sussex providing some engineering expertise.
Last year, following the sad passing of popular local STEM ambassador Alistair Graham Bryce, the local Oxfordshire Goblin event in Gaydon had to be cancelled, disappointing the local teams and Greenpower alike. At the time we promised to make sure that the event happened this year, and true to our word, the event is back - bigger and hopefully better than before as the official Midlands/Oxfordshire Goblin Event. 16 teams from as far afield as Sheffield to Didcot will take part in a series of driver skill challenges in electric race cars they have designed and built themselves at school.
Engineering and manufacturing plays an extremely important role in both the past and future of Northern Ireland. The skill and industrious ethic of this, the smallest country in the UK punch well above its weight in terms of productivity and innovation.
As previously reported, we had an absolutely magnificent response to our 2012 Impact Study survey with excellent numbers of responses from teachers, students and volunteers across all the formula categories. It is great to know that not only do you all enjoy taking part in Greenpower but that the project also delivers in its key mission, to engage more young people with engineering. 100% of secondary school respondents enjoyed the activity. 90% want to become engineers.
The forecast for the weekend was not good, so it wasn’t surprising that Friday started with a number of phone calls from parents and teachers, checking to see if the event would still run. With snow settling in many places overnight, it was with bated breath that Greenpower arrived at Plumpton College on Saturday morning. Amazingly the rain had eased off leaving only a bitterly cold wind whistling through the car park. With the weather in the local vicinity looking sketchy, it was surprising to see every team arrive, each with a group of excited and motivated young engineers.
The Institute of Physics grant for schools scheme for 2013 is now open. Please check the following link and get applying for your Greenpower funding!
Home of some exceptional yet unsung engineers: Edward George Bowen, pioneer of radar, Bill Frost who built and patented the aeroplane 8 years before the Wright brothers and Robert Recorde, the Tudor mathematician who was the first to write mathematics books in English.
Wales also had a major impact on the industrial revolution as suppliers of iron, copper and of course, coal. Due to the supply of coal, Wales was also at the forefront of the development of steam power and the first experiments in locomotion.