Ten schools from around London have been invited to participate in the Formula E School Series, an event that will support the finale of the 2014/15 Formula E Championship at Battersea Park in June.
Sustainable Energy Charity Greenpower Education Trust has set up the event, which will see students build their own electric racing car and race it on the same track that Formula E will use throughout the weekend of June 27/28. The School Series will see ten schools from each of the Formula E host cities compete.
Greenpower Education Trust CEO Jeremy Way believes the opportunity to race on the same circuit as a major international series is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students, and something that will look good on their future CV’s.
“This is a unique chance for young people in London to race on the same track as a host of ex-F1 and other motorsport stars, not to mention the opportunity to get involved in an innovative engineering project that will look great on their CVs,” said Mr Way.
“The School Series race will be held on Saturday, June 27 as part of the Formula E finale so students will compete in front of what is predicted to be an enormous crowd of thousands. Meanwhile, we will support each team of pupils every step of the way in the build of their very own electric race car.”
Greenpower currently work with other 500 institutions and more than 1000 students in a programme to get people interested in engineering, particularly sustainable engineering, from the age of nine. It enables students to get hands-on engineering experience as well as enabling them to learn about communication, team building and co-operation skills.
It is also in its sixteenth year of running race championships for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities from around the United Kingdom.
Greenpower will open registration for London schools to participate in the UK round at a launch event at The Crystal in Royal Victoria Dock on February 25. Any schools interested in either attending or bidding for one of the 10 slots available for the programme should email [email protected].