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The APC Puts Tomorrow’s Engineers in the Driving Seat

As part of its commitment to inspire the next generation of engineers, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and its Spoke network has sponsored eight schools across the UK to build and race their own electric vehicles.

The APC and Spokes will provide financial support and mentoring throughout the build process of each electric vehicle along with driver trainer before competing in the IET Formula Goblin regional race.

Chief Executive, APC, Ian Constance, said: “Promoting a career in engineering is hugely important in ensuring that the UK has the capability and capacity to continue to be innovative.

“This will provide an inspirational and hands on experience for children aged 9-11 years old to develop their understanding and interests in low carbon engineering.

“We are thrilled to be part of the process and it gives me great pleasure to announce the winners:

  • Advanced Propulsion Centre – Stoke Primary School
  • DETC (Loughborough London University) – Curwen Primary School
  • Loughborough University – Fairfield Primary Academy
  • Newcastle University – Bournmoor Primary School
  • Newcastle University – Kings Priory School
  • Newcastle University – Northburn Primary School
  • Nottingham University – Abbey Road Primary School
  • WMG (University of Warwick) – Richard Crosse C of E Primary School”

Pupils of Curwen Primary School with their winning entry which won them sponsorship from DETC.

The schools will be supported by the APC’s Spoke Community, made up of six of the UK’s leading Universities that focus on R&D of key technology areas in the automotive industry.

Greenpower aims to engage students in engineering as soon as possible to help reduce the current labour shortage in the UK, promoting equality, with equal opportunities for all economic backgrounds and genders.

The APC would like to thank everyone who has got involved and looks forward to seeing the finished products. The schools will commence work shortly and the championship will be held in June 2018.