The event is being supported by Newcastle University, Cleveland Scientific Institution Sevcon and MCIS .
Electric cars of the future built by the next generation
Pupils Race Electric Cars at Croft Circuit
Scores of schoolchildren will be racing electric cars built from scratch on Wednesday 6 July at Croft Circuit, Darlington, as part of a national project aimed at inspiring the next generation of young engineers.
Schools from the Tyne to the Humber will be taking part in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) Greenpower event from (9am to 5pm). Over 30 cars are expected to race during the event which is open for schoolchildren of all ages with a special Goblin section for those aged 9-12 years.
The Croft regional heat will identify the strongest teams from the North of England who will then go on to compete in the national final at the Goodwood Circuit on the 16th October. The thrilling final endurance race around the Goodwood track lasts for four hours, testing student’s design and driving capabilities to their limits. With around 100 finalists last year this year’s teams will be looking to secure their place on the grid.
In addition to the racing, there will be static displays and competitions on themes supporting the Year of Chemistry, which is expected to bring in a further 100 non competing students.
Greenpower is an educational initiative established to offer schools an exciting insight into careers in engineering as they design, build and race their own eco-race cars. By getting pupils hooked on engineering while they’re still at school the Institution hopes that it will inspire the next generation to develop solutions.
Notes to Editors
Media are invited to film and attend from 10.30 am
Media should contact the IMechE Press Office on 020 7304 6888 or Darren Sharpe, IMechE North East on 07850 157032
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is one of the world’s leading engineering institutions. It currently has around 90,000 members in 120 countries representing mechanical engineers working in groundbreaking areas such as automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries to name a few.
About Greenpower Education Trust
Greenpower Education Trust promotes sustainable engineering as a rewarding career to anyone aged 9-25, while also focusing on teamwork, linking industry with educational institutions and involving the community. The Trust works with over 500 schools across the UK and runs 27 events annual.
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