Pupils build own car for racing challenge

Pupils from Stamford Queen Eleanor School taking part in the Green Power National Challenging
Pupils from Stamford Queen Eleanor School taking part in the Green Power National Challenging
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Pupils built their own electrically powered racing car and competed in a four hour endurance race.

Year 8 and Year 9 pupils from Stamford Queen Eleanor School in Green Lane travelled to Bedform Autodome on September 9 to take part in the Green Power National Challenge.

The pupils gave up their own time at lunch, after school, weekends and the summer holidays to build their own 
electrically powered car to compete in the race.

They also organised fundraising activities to resource the extra equipment needed including a ‘bag pack’ at Morrisons, cleaning all the staff cars, a non-uniform day and several cake stalls.

It was the first time the school has taken part in the challenge, which attracts more than 500 schools, and is designed to improve science, technology, engineering and maths skills.

The project was led by head of maths Adele Wallis and design technology teacher Rachel Butter.

Mrs Wallis said: “We were definitely not the fastest car there but we were up against some fierce opposition from schools that have been taking part in this competition for over five 
years.”

She said the pupils worked together to ensure the school clocked up 50 laps, about 25 miles, despite having to cope with a puncture.

She thanked Stamford Young Peoples Charity, which ensured the team was kitted out in overalls, supplied by George Allan, Stamford and racing helmets. Cummins Generator Technologies also assisted.

In other news from the school, it is also proposing a new free or subsidised bus service between the school, the Rutland Heights area and the Danish Invader pub in Empingham Road, if demand is high enough.

If the proposals get the go-ahead, the bus service would start next September.

And a recent IT upgrade at the school with more environmentally friendly machines has resulted in reduced electricity bills because they use 75 per cent less energy.