SMMC have been supporting two schools involved in the Greenpower Challenge this year.
Teams of students aged 9 to 25 have to design and build an electric car to race at Greenpower events. They are supplied with an appropriate kit which can be built in school, college or elsewhere and raced at motorsport venues around the country.The Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity with an outstanding track record in kick starting careers in engineering. They help unlock potential and spark enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the excitement of motorsport.
Two members of our Motorsport Rescue Team - Jon Bolton and Dave Burke - are STEM Ambassadors, and are spending time visiting groups or schools to talk about the different ways the relationship between motorsport and science, technology, engineering and maths. We want to help inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and can support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in the motorsport industry.
This week, we're working with two schools who are also building cars for the Greenpower Challenge. Today, the Rescue Units have been to BRAG Enterprises in Lochgelly with Glenrothes High School - and on Thursday and Friday, we are visiting Pitteuchar East Primary School as part of the STEM fortnight.
The Greenpower Challenge have a number of races across the UK. Marshals are needed for the four events in Scotland in 2020:
- 27 March - East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF
- 12 & 13 June - Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, AB33 8AE
- 4 September - Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Moray, IV36 3UH
Approximately ten marshals are required for each event, primarily to assist in the rescuing of broken-down cars from the track and getting them onto the rescue trailer to be taken back to the pits. There has only been one known accident in the last four years when a car ran into the back of another.
If you can assist, or simply want more information, please contact Alan Slade, the Greenpower Ambassador for Scotland, either by email (Alan.Slade@greenpower.co.uk) or mobile (07852 670215).
Further details of the Greenpower events are available at www.greenpower.co.uk