Students cross the finish line in special project
Monday 13th November 2017 13:40 Ashton News Stalybridge Posted by Adam Higgins

West Hill School pupils were presented with certificates by Deputy Principal of Tameside College, Teresa Farran, for their participation in the ‘Greenpower’ project during a celebration at the school.

Twelve pupils from the Stalybridge school spent two days working with motor vehicle teachers from the college, building an electric powered go-kart to race at Aintree Racecourse alongside other schools and organisations.

This is the second year the college has been involved in the project, which is part of a national initiative to develop young engineers and bring more people into the engineering sector.

Teresa Farran, Deputy Principal at Tameside College, said: “The project is all about encouraging school pupils to think about engineering as a study and career option.

“Many engineering firms in the UK are looking to the near future when much of their workforce will be retiring, so it is vital that we get more young people into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and teach them the skills for the most rewarding sectors out there.”

She continued: “We were amazed at how quickly they accepted the challenge. As well as learning engineering concepts the pupils work in teams to solve problems.

“It demonstrates that motor vehicle engineering is as much about interpersonal skills as it is technical knowledge. We’re really pleased with how they performed.”