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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Greenpower - A Driving Force for Girls in STEM​​​​​​​

Ivybridge Community College is delighted to be taking part in the Greenpower Electric Vehicles Challenge. 

This national competition is organised through the UK charity Greenpower Education Trust.  The Trust inspires young people around the world to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car.

Craig Jewel, teacher of Physics at the College, is championing this initiative through his weekly Girls in Science Club.  He said, “I am delighted that 15 girls have currently signed up for the club.  We are also very fortunate that Western Power Distribution have funded us for the kits, tools and everything we need to compete, amounting to several thousand pounds worth of equipment.  Luke Skorka-Brown from the College’s Design and Technology Department, together with two Western Power Distribution engineers are also assisting the girls in building the car.  We have a very exciting team to work with, the girls have everything they need.”

Nick South, Western Power Distribution’s Education Liaison Officer said, “We decided to sponsor teams for the Greenpower Challenge in an effort to have a greater involvement in STEM activities and also to encourage more girls to get involved with STEM projects.  I was thrilled when Mr Jewell accepted the offer, and we have been working closely ever since.  I visited the College with our STEM ambassadors to deliver the kit and to meet the team of keen engineers who will design, build and eventually race the car at a regional Greenpower Race Day next year.   Their enthusiasm was clear to see, and I have no doubt that we have done really well to secure this partnership with Ivybridge Community College.

The environmentally friendly Greenpower Challenge will give the students the opportunity to develop their engineering skills while talking part in a project that’s focused on cleaner, renewable energy and the use of recycled materials to build the electric car.”

 

The project started during the first week of November and will run until June 2022 when the race day is.   Between now and the race day the students will design and build an electric go kart style racer.  They will then compete regionally and nationally seeing who can go the furthest and fastest, meaning the students have built the most efficient car.

Craig added, “During the first two sessions the students received the car and tools and started assembling the chassis.  Hopefully by Christmas we should have the base structure completed, by Easter the bodywork will be completed, and finally summer will be race tactics and the race itself.  We will keep you continually updated throughout the challenge with write-ups and photographs as the project progresses through the year.”

Denise Smith, Director of Science, said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for the girls. They are going to design, build and race the car.  They are a wonderful group, and they are going to learn so much along the way.  We love to give our students an understanding of the breadth of careers available in Science and this is a great example."

 

For further information regarding this challenge please visit -https://www.greenpower.co.uk/