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. 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 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.
The kit comes with everything required to build a regulation compliant car, with the exception of bodywork. You even get free access to Siemens industry-leading CAD software, Solid Edge, to help you with the bodywork design. For more information, or to purchase a kit car, please email Becca Platfoot - firstname.lastname@example.org
AQA is working in association with Greenpower to recognise and record the achievements of learners that have taken part in the challenge.
12 students from each team taking part in Project Blyth will receive free entry to one of the AQA Greenpower Award units; design, systems or manufacture. Successful students will receive a formal certificate from AQA at the end of the project, perfect for including in records of achievement.
Greenpower is recognised as a partner for the Silver Industrial Cadets programme, and 12 students from each team will undertake a Silver Award free of charge.
As well as participating in the hands-on Greenpower project, students will be required to investigate and increase their careers awareness within Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics through working with your linked employer.
On satisfactory completion of the scheme students will ‘graduate’ at the event in the summer of 2017 when they will receive an Industrial Cadets certificate, t-shirt and badge and will gain access to the Industrial Cadets Online Network where careers resources, advice, guidance and careers opportunities are exclusively available to graduated Industrial Cadets.
All secondary schools and students taking part in the Greenpower challenge can download for free a site license or student license for Siemens industry-leading CAD software package; Solid Edge.
The kit car has been modelled to a high level of detail in Solid Edge, and therefore it is the perfect tool for designing the bodywork for your kit.
Free training will be provided to teachers participating in Project Blyth, thanks to the University of Hull, Siemens and Majenta PLM.
Learning to use Solid Edge will give students an excellent grounding in software that is used by major employers around the world and another great addition to their CV.