5th November 2020 — Eleven aspiring Engineers at Derby High School have joined together to form the school’s very first Greenpower team.
The students, all currently in the Lower Sixth in the Sixth Form, are planning to build their very own electric car this academic year. The design is currently underway and is being led by student Alex Hill, currently studying A levels in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Alex is designing the car as part of his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Alex said “this is a fantastic opportunity for me to demonstrate my leadership skills. Ever since I was a young boy I’ve wanted to build and race a car. Having Greenpower on my CV when I apply to university will help me stand out and is something to be immensely proud of”.
The Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car. The Derby High Greenpower team has already begun work on the car, with thanks to Greenpower Education Trust for donating tyres to the school.
With Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at the forefront of Derby High’s extra-curricular activities, Greenpower is a natural and welcomed addition to the schools opportunities. Mrs Chapman, Head, said “we are delighted to announce Derby High will be participating in Greenpower. I have been blown away by the team’s enthusiasm and we are all excited to see the Derby High Greenpower team begin racing in the IET Formula 24 and 24+ next year.”
Year 7 students will be able to join the team next year to compete in the IET Formula 24 challenge, once the initial car has been designed and constructed. The Derby High Greenpower team are now seeking sponsorship for their car.