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Greenpower go-ahead for High School girls

Year 9 students from one of Cornwall's top schools have been given a head start in their bid to build a Greenpower Formula 24 racing vehicle and be in with a chance to compete at Goodwood Motor Circuit.


The pupils from Truro High School have been presented with a garage in which to build their electric powered kit car, funded by the school’s second hand clothes shop. The girls have named this facility the Science Hub of Engineering and Design (SHED) where they will be hard at work over the next few months building, testing and driving their kit car.

The project, which introduces young people to the full spectrum of opportunities available from a career in engineering, is being run by the school’s Head of Science Mark Patchett. He said:

“We have a lot of students here who are keen to learn about and pursue their interest in engineering and design and technology. The scheme is excellent as a way of developing many practical skills that will prove invaluable in later life.

“The girls are willing to commit to the project as it will take up their free time but the beauty of it is that roles can be created for everyone who wants to be involved from the actual design and build to support roles like marketing.”

The students have to build their battery powered kit car from bits, design and build a body shell, then compete against other local schools at Newquay Airport in the summer, with the potential to qualify for the National Final held at Goodwood in October.

Vaughan Curnow is the Engineering Liaison Officer at Cornwall College and introduced the Greenpower initiative to the county. He said:

“Cornwall has the biggest contingent of Formula 24 participation and as it stands, a girls school are top at the moment. This just goes to show that engineering isn’t all about getting dirty and the prospects for girls wanting a career in engineering is good. I’m really pleased by the enthusiasm shown by the High School and can see that they have a great chance of doing well.”

Falmouth based Mitsubishi dealer Livery-Dole provided the first piece for the project, the chassis. Elise Bygrave is the Marketing Manager at Livery Dole.

She said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this project. Introducing and enthusing kids to industries like engineering is so important as there are so many career options and it is really exciting to see what the girls will come up with.”

Headmistress Caroline Pascoe said: “This is the school’s first year in taking part in this excellent initiative and judging by the excitement and enthusiasm of the girls, I’m sure they’ll do really well. I’d like to thank Livery Dole and Katie Shaw in the second hand shop for their generosity and for getting the project underway.”


Published by: Darren Stevens

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