Pupils battle it out on racetrack

18/06/11  Techfest Greepower Goblin challenge
18/06/11 Techfest Greepower Goblin challenge

Youngsters from local schools are taking part in a national engineering competition, challenging youngsters to design, construct and race an electric car.

With both primary and secondary pupils actively working on their cars across over 40 Scottish schools, including Cluny School, near Sauchen, the Greenpower Challenge will be held on the racetrack at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.

The national project dates back to 1999 and has been held in Scotland since 2006, when just three cars were involved. This year, up to 600 youngsters are expected to compete from Grampian, Dundee and Angus as well as Glasgow, the Highlands, Ullapool and Dunoon.

Organiser Frances Chapman said: “The event’s core aim is to promote engineering and technology as subject and career choices, but pupils gain so much more than that – as well as developing their team-building skills, the project involves everything from project management and environmental know-how, to fundraising, sponsorship and marketing...not to mention lots of fun!”

Pupils are tasked to design, construct, drive and race an electric car.

Secondary schools can buy a F24 kit from Greenpower, or build a car from scratch around the motor and batteries. On Friday, June 15, they compete in a four-hour endurance race, relying on a maximum of four batteries.

Primary school pupils buy and construct the Goblin kit and embellish their car with unlimited scope to decorate and brand it.

They take part in a slalom, drag and sprint race on Saturday, June 16. Both kits can be dismantled and reused for future events and projects.

Winners of the secondary F24 event go on to represent Scotland at the national event at Goodwood, Chichester in October 2012. Other prizes are Formula 24 runner-up, Formula 24 third place, best engineered car, best presented team, spirit of Greenpower, Formula 24 best newcomer, the Siemens Innovation Award.

The primary event prizes range from overall winner as well as first, second and third in the slalom, drag and sprint races, to best presented team, best bodywork, greenest bodywork and Spirit of Greenpower.

The lead sponsor of the Secondary F24 event is TAQA Bratani Ltd.

Other sponsors are John Lewis Partnership (lead sponsor of the Primary Goblin event) as well as Arnold Clark, CBMC Ltd and Infinis.