Tameside pupils rise to the challenge at Aintree
Monday 2nd October 2017 12:27 Ashton News Tameside Posted by Adam Higgins

Two Tameside secondary schools recently competed at the famous Aintree racecourse. 

However, the pupils were powered by electricity, not horsepower, as they raced kit cars on the motor racing circuit at the iconic venue.

The Greenpower Challenge invited Denton Community College and West Hill High School to create electric cars from a kit.

After a two day construction workshop at Tameside College, both schools entered the competition in Liverpool, where they competed against schools and colleges from across the north of England.

The Greenpower Challenge, backed by Siemens, is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to develop products, like electric cars, from sustainable sources.

The teams rose to many technical and weather related challenges throughout the day. Both schools lost time in their first race, despite valiant efforts to repair engine failures, which eventually put an end to West Hill High School’s hopes.

Denton Community College, however, went on to complete the second race in heavy downpours of rain. All the pupils demonstrated high levels of resilience, teamwork and determination in adverse conditions.

Paul Wilkinson, motor vehicle teacher at Tameside College, said: “It has been a great experience for the pupils. We have seen them grow in confidence as they have built the car piece by piece.

“They are learning together by putting theory into practice away from the classroom. It is a very important experience as this is how professionals learn and innovate in industry.”

Jackie Moores, principal, Tameside College, said: “This is the second year we’ve been involved in the Greenpower Challenge and the response from schools, pupils and their parents has been fantastic.

“The development of electric cars is very much in the news and the pupils have demonstrated great enthusiasm and motivation in every aspect of this project.

“We hope to have inspired the next generation of scientists and engineers who can develop the engineering sector.”