January 18, 2018

evGrandPrix

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An electric racing championship for schools which uses the power and exhilaration of motorsport to inspire and engage young people to pursue careers in science technology engineering and maths often referred to as STEM, in particular those at risk of not achieving.

Developed in the home of the Indy 500 in the USA, the evGrand Prix aims to educate a new generation of highly skilled workers who can design, build and service high performance electric vehicles. It is being run in the UK by The Blair Project.

This high-octane Career Readiness program gives students aged 13-16 hands on experience of working with electric vehicle technologies in a real world racing environment.  As well as learning about various aspects of electric vehicles, including battery technology, vehicle construction, electronic controls and braking systems, students must also effectively market their team and the competition to the community, government agencies, industry partners and sponsors. 

Now in its 5th year, the evGrand Prix has been developed by Purdue University, one of America’s leading motorsport universities which is driving research and development in electric and autonomous vehicles.

The 13 week programme is being piloted in the Manchester City region with 6 x schools during the Year of Engineering. The winning team will get to compete in the world finals at the Indiana Motor Speedway in May 2018, which attracts over 700 student competitors and takes place just before the famous Indy 500.

 

Objectives:

  • To develop a fun learning platform for young people to be inspired around electric vehicle technologies through showcasing their technical skills and knowledge and for these to be recognised and celebrated. The future is electric; participants will therefore gain a competitive edge in the labour market.
  • To support young people and teachers in understanding more about the variety of career options available in advanced manufacturing, engineering and automotive sectors and the pathways into these careers.
  • To provide an opportunity for local engineering industries to attract local young people to their industry and communicate with their local community about what they do.
  • To activate current STEM Ambassadors and support engineering industries to adopt a school and work closely with them to build their electric karts and achieve optimum performance and how they might continue to enthuse young people in the longer term..
  • Support teachers in understanding what electric vehicle and emerging technologies are, and updating their knowledge and skills so they can become advocates in their classroom .
  • Support parents and the wider community to become engaged and involved with the school teams to support them to be successful. The evGrand Prix will provide important intergenerational activities in a location, bringing together education institutions, employers and other organisations supporting young people and families to learn together and develop their technical skills and knowledge around electric vehicle technologies.

If you would like to know more about the event or how you might get involved please contact Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE on marilyn@theblairproject.org