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Greenpower victory run for East London Science School pupils’ hand-built car of the future

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 July 2018

The car that pupils of East London Science School knocked together. Picture source: ELSS

The car that pupils of East London Science School knocked together. Picture source: ELSS

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Young inventors have “come out of their shell” to work on their ‘car of the future’ at East London Science School and have picked up three awards on its first trial run.

Pupils working on their eco-friendly car of the furuture at their school workshop. Picture source: ELSSPupils working on their eco-friendly car of the furuture at their school workshop. Picture source: ELSS

Pupils at the Bromley-by-Bow secondary took the honours in the first heat of the Greenpower Challenge to build and race an eco-friendly small car.

They took ‘best newcomer’, ‘best presented’ and ‘best portfolio’ titles in the Formula 24 race staged at Ford Dunton technical centre near Brentwood on Saturday.

“They’re over the moon about the awards,” their physics teacher Monika Patel proudly said.

Not quite like a speeding bullet... but fast enough for this eco-friendly car built by pupils at East London Science School. Picture source: ELSSNot quite like a speeding bullet... but fast enough for this eco-friendly car built by pupils at East London Science School. Picture source: ELSS

“We got our school team to their first race, but there were plenty of challenges to be ready to race.”

The young whizzkids had to find the tools and the space to actually build the car. But wellwishers chipped in to help. They also had volunteers from Siemens education trust helping build it—making sure it was safe—who also donated materials.

“We might not have got this project off the ground without their help,” Monika added.

On track ready to pick up three awards in the Siemens Trust 'greenpower challenge' race. Picture source: ELSSOn track ready to pick up three awards in the Siemens Trust 'greenpower challenge' race. Picture source: ELSS

“It’s such a fantastic project to get involved with and has helped so many pupils come out of their shells and discover hidden talents and new passions.”

The Science School in Three Mill Lane, by the Lea River, is keen to keep the momentum going—among the pupils as well as the car itself. It is planning to enter the next race in October.

The Siemens education trust inspires youngsters with a challenge to design, build and race an electric car. It has its own ‘track’ record in kick-starting careers and helping to spark enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths through motorsport.

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