STEM – Greenpower Education Trust challenge
AGM Batteries Ltd Thurso have supported Golspie High School with their first ever Formula 24 project.
The STEM – Greenpower electric vehicle challenge took place on Friday the 15th June 2018 with pupils from third year participating in the event at Alford in Aberdeenshire. Eleven team members attended the race in the formula 24 category. They were separated into two teams, girls in heat one and boys in heat two.
Both teams performed extremely well coming home in 6th place in each heat. They worked very well together, with the girls choosing to carry out pit duties and support for the boys with their driver changes. Golspie High School were a very late entry into this class, after only enrolling in the project a few months previous, but the teams had participated very well, and showed great team support.
The group enjoyed the practise sessions at their local track where access was very kindly given by the North of Scotland Kart Club based in Golspie. The pupils gained valuable hands on experience with the vehicle, giving feedback on the car, it’s handling ability and they learned how to carry out voltage and vehicle checks during the sessions.
They have also shown great interest and wish to continue with the programme, exploring aerodynamics and weight saving possibilities, altering of the power delivery and steering set up to make driving a more comfortable experience. The team have offered to support and share the experiences gained this year with next years’ team entering the challenge.
Going forward the aim is to engage the current pupils in building the car from scratch. This will fully engage the requirements need i.e. to design, build and race the car thus hopefully developing a new generation of young engineers.
Below is some feedback received from members of staff at Golspie High School
“Many thanks for everything you have done on this for GHS. I am greatly appreciative of it. This is exactly the kind of project that develops in pupils a real interest in the world of STEM and engineering. I am convinced it will get a number of pupils thinking about future careers in electric car design and the engineering of ever sophisticated batteries. I am keen to see how we can support pupils’ further in this area.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and I am grateful that you see fit to offer to continue with GHS through the avenues you mention”
“Thanks again for all your help and support with this project, I am really looking forward to working with you again next year.
It has been a fantastic project that has captured the pupil’s interest from the start, the input from yourself has been invaluable and your enthusiasm has created a very positive feel around the project. GHS are very much looking forward to progressing with and developing the project next year.”