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Budding Engineers are on the Fast Track to Learning

24 August 2016  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Richmond School and Sixth Form College fielded two teams in the annual Greenpower Challenge. They spent weeks designing and making two Green Goblin race cars – lightweight single-seaters powered by battery.   Students worked with engineers from Cummins to build and perfect their cars, which they put to the test in an  endurance race at Croft Circuit. Schools competed in the trial from across the country in an initiative to boost interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. Richmond School and Sixth Form College fielded two teams in the annual Greenpower Challenge. They spent weeks designing and making two Green Goblin race cars – lightweight single-seaters powered by battery.   Students worked with engineers from Cummins to build and perfect their cars, which they put to the test in an  endurance race at Croft Circuit. Schools competed in the trial from across the country in an initiative to boost interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. Design and Technology teacher Tom Braham said: “The project touches on so many areas in a way that really engages students’ passion and interest in a variety of crucial subjects. “As well as studying engineering, materials and aerodynamics, the contest also engenders teamwork, leadership and a sense of healthy competition.” Boys’ team driver Angus Potter, aged 12, said: “I am really interested in engineering and would love a career in automotive design. I found the best driving technique was to go out wide then aim for the apex of each bend to keep up the car’s momentum.” Driver of the girls’ team Abigail Jones, also aged 12, added: “I loved being involved and can see myself working in engineering or motorsport. It gives what we learn in the classroom much more relevance in real life.” The school was also supported by Cleveland Scientific Institute. Its life-long learning officer Leila  Elliott said: “It is an excellent project because it is so good at interesting young people in important STEM  subjects.  “We can’t thank enough the schools and sponsors such as Richmond and Cummins.”

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