Greenpower use the excitement of motor sport to promote engineering to young people as a rewarding career, while also focusing on sustainability, teamwork and the community.
They believe that providing young people with an exciting, real life project is the most successful way of sparking an interest in engineering, helping to address the serious skills gap the UK faces in this crucial business sector.
The basis of the challenge across four distinct age groups is the same – to design, build and race a single seat race car. This challenge aims to inspire students from primary school through to university to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) studies with over 500 teams and 10,000 students taking part each year.
At all levels the challenges culminate in events at well-known venues such as Goodwood and Silverstone, and a unique international two-day grand final incorporating an exhibition promoting all things sustainable.
Off the track, the unique education provided by Greenpower is recognised in the UK curriculum by national qualifications. In addition, leading businesses such as JCB, Rolls Royce and Siemens are strong advocates and partners of Greenpower, providing an exciting springboard for those wishing to pursue an engineering career.
The synergy is clear – Fordingbridge is a company with a serious interest in engineering, design and environmental issues, issues that are best addressed through educating and inspiring the younger generation.
Fordingbridge is delighted to support Greenpower and the community and has recently provided the charity with a permanent and inspiring headquarters, where the building itself both inspires and encapsulates the organisation’s objective.
For more information about The Greenpower Education Trust’s website.