The YEOTY, working with the UK based charity Greenpower Education Trust, challenges year 10 students to design, build and race an electric kit car and also to capture the journey with GoPro cameras and subsequently produce a short film. It is hoped the students will expand their skills in engineering, team work and communication with the excitement of motorsport.
This is the sixth year of the competition which has so far reached 21,654 students and invested over £650,000 into encouraging youngsters to take up engineering and other STEM subjects. Previous YEOTY projects have included: Lego Robotics, Designing, Manufacturing and Pitching 3D Printed Products and launching giant balloons carrying science experiments into space.
Representatives from Cobra joined the team from Biddulph High School at an exciting ‘Build Day’ at Staffordshire University on 24th November (pictured) and will be working closely together over the next few months leading up to a ‘Test Day’ in March and final ‘Race Day’ at Mallory Park in June.
Peter Coleman, Chief Executive Cobra Biologics, said: “Cobra is very proud to sponsor Biddulph High School in their mission to win the Greenpower F24 competition. The Greenpower Education Trust is dedicated to promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, which I am personally very close to and I believe this competition will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Abigail Halfpenny, Design & Technology Teacher at Biddulph High School, said: “This is the fourth year that we have been involved in the KMF Young Engineer of the Year award and we are really looking forward to working with our new sponsors, Cobra Biologics. Our students are excited to be taking part in the Greenpower car challenge and very keen to start the project. This is an excellent opportunity for the students at Biddulph High School who will gain invaluable skills and experience along the way.”