Researchers from CPE, are hoping to inspire a future generation of engineers by helping students at Roundhill Primary School in Beeston, Nottingham, build and race their own electric vehicles.
The Greenpower Green Goblin Kit Car project is part of a national competition being held in conjunction with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and the Greenpower Education Trust. It aims to give youngsters across the UK the opportunity to get a taste of what a career in engineering is really like.
Dr Liliana De Lillo, Senior Research Fellow, who is a mentor to the students, explained the finer details of the project. She said: “We are delighted to help the children at Roundhill Primary School build their own kit car. Weekly sessions began earlier this year as part of an after school club and it has been encouraging to see the excitement with which the children embraced the project, along with their curiosity and enthusiasm. It’s a great feeling to inspire the next generation of engineers, particularly the girls and very heartening to see how the children have grown in confidence.”
The University’s Centre for Power Electronics provided funding towards the project. Centre Director, Mark Johnson said: “I am delighted that we can lend our support to this project, particularly to put forward the message to younger students that a career in engineering opens up a world of creativity, excitement, challenges and financial reward that few other careers can offer.”
The Roundhill team, led by teachers, Mrs Reed and Mrs Barto-Smith, have until April 2017 to construct the car. The team are now concentrating on the car’s bodywork. The project has sparked the students’ creativity involving the use of recycled materials. Once the car is completed, the children will take part in a series of races scheduled for June and July.
The Greenpower Green Goblin Kit Car project is made possible with support from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), the APC and APC Spoke Community.