Greenpower Launch

Greenpower Launch

Thanks to everyone who helped make sure the opening of our Greenpower Garage went so well on 06/04/17

The Greenpower Garage is a new facility at Wilberforce Sixth Form College, where students in the two Greenpower teams can design and build their electric racing cars, ready for the regional big Greenpower race at the KCOM stadium on 16th July.

Greenpower is a project designed to inspire and challenge the region’s aspiring young engineers, sponsored by Siemens who, together with local sponsors, introduced it to schools and colleges last year via an initiative called ‘Project Blyth’.  Vaughan Curnow from the Greenpower Education Trust co-ordinates the Project in the Humber area and he regularly makes the nine hour drive from Cornwall to keep everything progressing smoothly.   

Great positivity was shown for the Wilberforce Greenpower Project at the launch on April 5th, from sponsors ABP, Hull City Council, The One Point, and Hull University. Simon Brett, Head of Projects Humber at ABP, officially cut the ribbon to open the facility, Jonathan Butler, College STEM Director, gave an update on the progress of the Wilberforce Greenpower cars and Vaughan Curnow aka ‘Mr Greenpower’, was presented with his very own Wilberforce Greenpower T shirt and gave the student team some top tips for racing success. Also present were Amy Newton, from Hull University, Ings Ward Councillors Mike Thompson and Denise Thompson plus Jack Batty and Chris Roberts from local IT specialists ‘The One Point’.

Jonathan Butler, Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at Wilberforce College, commented:

“Students in our Greenpower Teams are working really hard to get the cars ready for the race in summer, spending their lunch breaks and free periods modifying the bodywork and testing new ideas. It has given them confidence and has helped grow their engineering skills, which will stand them in great stead when they go on to take their next step towards a career in the sector.”

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