Young engineers get set for racing

Young engineers of the future attended an engineering challenge set to make them think about skills they may need in their careers.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 11:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 14:51 pm
Primary school pupils were given a battery race car kit prepared by Eyemouth High Schools Greenpower Racing team.

Eyemouth High School’s technical department, in partnership with Borders College and Ahlstrom-Munksjö, hosted 75 primary school pupils at the event, where they took part in a number of challenges and learned about the school’s two Greenpower racing cars, designed and built in conjunction with Borders College.

Each pupil was given a battery race car kit, donated by Ahlstrom-Munksjö, to take away and build with instructions and an informational video prepared by members of the high school’s Greenpower racing team. Judges will visit each school in April to see the cars and watch them being raced.

Michael Jones, from Ahlstrom-Munksjö, said: “We saw a gap in the skill set for engineering and wanted to link with schools and encourage pupils to take up engineering.

“For us, this type of challenge allows pupils to see what skills they will need for the future. It is clear that challenges like this promote not only engineering but also maths, physics, and communication skills that can all be linked to the profession.”

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Eyemouth High School is the first Borders high school with two Greenpower race cars. The project is the brainchild of Paul Watson, the school’s technician and has seen the youngsters involved develop both their confidence and critical thinking skills.

“We started out with a kit car but through the hard work of the kids and thanks to all of our sponsors, we now have a team that has designed, built, marketed and raced a car while learning about the importance of Greenpower,” said Mr Watson.

“We are proud of what we have achieved and extremely grateful to everyone who has sponsored us or helped us see this vision come to life.”

The team has had success on the race track and hope to inspire the next generation of racers through challenges like this. They plan to take their car to East Fortune in the spring to race against other Greenpowered cars.