About The Challenge

The ProtoEV STEM Challenge uses the thrill and appeal of building and racing electric go karts to excite and enthuse young people from ages 10 -19 about the electrification of transport and equip students with the future skills required by this fast growth sector. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and life changing way.

We target youth who may have low awareness of careers in engineering and technology and inspire them to pursue well paid careers as technicians, innovators and engineers. Diversity, inclusion and social mobility in STEM is our core purpose, with a particular focus on growing the confidence and self-belief of female, BAME and white working-class talent of all abilities. Our aim is to increase the intake of students on engineering and tech courses or undertaking apprenticeships to grow the workforce of the future.

Having begun in Greater Manchester in 2017, in 2020 ProtoEV is being rolled out nationally to widen the opportunity to students living in London, Oxford, Cardiff and the West Midlands in partnership with Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Motorsport Engineering, home to the top performing Formula Student racing team for the past 19 years.

The competition is split into three categories; teams taking part in the Starter and Intermediary Class use 3D printers, CAD/CAM software to design, manufacture, test, and then race miniature motorised karts. All teams will be given free loan of a 3D printer from Create Education, in addition to access to a wealth of learning resources.


Teams in the Advanced Class (13 – 19 years) get to convert full size petrol go karts into high powered electric karts which they test and race on a track to see which is the fastest and most energy efficient. The top six teams will get to demonstrate their self-build electric karts in the Fanzone area of the London EPrix in July 2020 and celebrate their achievement within the highest echelons of electric motorsport.


Duration: 4-month programme for students 13 -19 years. Apr – July 2020

Activities: A programme of kart building workshops will be delivered once a week for 12 weeks, leading up to 1 x test day and the race final in mid-July

Who Can Apply: Schools, Colleges and Youth Clubs in target locations.

Locations: Greater Manchester, London, Oxford, Cardiff and West Midlands

Learning: Materials include training webinars, build manual & lesson plans

Cost: £5k per team + teams must raise an additional £5k through sponsorship (fully funded for Sported groups)

Prize: The top six teams will get to demonstrate their self-build electric karts in the Fanzone area of the London EPrix in July 2020.

NB. Team places limited to 20. Will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Contact us to register your interest info@theblairproject.org

Through being hands on, team members will develop a basic understanding of electric vehicles, practical engineering and problem-solving skills that are needed to deliver continuous performance improvement. Young people will also learn how to collect and analyse data using their smartphones, as budgeting and social media marketing.


Teams also get the opportunity to work alongside companies innovating in this space. Each team gets to work with a nominated business partner to ensure real-world knowledge/skills transfer, career understanding and contribute to the end of project celebration event. Teams are also required to engage their local community to raise sponsorship.


ProtoEV track events are run under a Motor Sports Association (MSA) permit, comply with all health and safety regulations, and are fully insured with Personal Accident and Public Liability insurance.  Our partners include sport for development charity, Sported which has 3000+ member organisations throughout the UK.


To get your young people motoring, contact us today by emailing info@theblairproject.org