Project Blyth, run by Greenpower Education Trust, and funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company will see 33 IET Formula 24 teams created in the Humberside region.
The aim is, through the medium of the Greenpower challenge, to engage students with employers and provide them with workplace inspiration.
Every team will be linked with an employer from the region, and work in a spirt of co-operation to run a successful Greenpower project culminating in a race event in Hull in the summer of 2017.
At Greenpower Education Trust, a registered charity, we believe that providing young people with an exciting, real life project is the most successful way of sparking an interest in engineering, helping to address the serious skills gap the UK faces in this crucial business sector.*
Our highly successful challenge, to design, build and race a single seat electric car uses the excitement of motorsport to inspire students from primary school through to university to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) studies.
With the support of over 600 volunteers our full-time team of four currently works with over 600 schools throughout the UK running 35 regional events and an International Final every year, with approximately 10,000 students and young people taking part.
* The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that the UK needs 104,000 STEM graduates per year, and 56,000 technicians, between now and 2020.
The basis of the Greenpower challenge across four distinct age groups is the same – to design, build and race a single seat race car.
This starts with 9-11 year olds who build the IET Formula Goblin car from a supplied kit and then create their own bodywork to complete the car. This project can often be the first time these children have used simple hand tools and worked with electricity and motors. The cars and their drivers are then put through a series of tests at one of our regional events with prizes awarded to top cars.
The next stage is IET Formula 24, the secondary school class, although also competed in by youth groups, Pupil Referral Units and Young Engineers clubs. The challenge here is to use either a supplied kit car or, using supplied motor and batteries only, to build a car within Greenpower’s safety regulations to compete in a 90 minute race, aiming to be the car that completes the furthest distance within that time on just one set of batteries.
There are two further challenges, one, IET Formula 24+ for sixth forms, apprentices, and universities and the Corporate Challenge for private companies. The IET Formula 24+ race uses the same basic concept of IET Formula 24 but races for shorter times, allowing for faster speeds.
We are unique among STEM enrichment providers in running the same basic concept through such a wide age group, allowing for excellent progression throughout.
Project Blyth covers the whole of the Humber LEP region in the local authority areas of Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, as shown by our map below.