DUNTON, England - Budding young engineers-to-be showed off their green credentials during the early May bank holiday at the second Ford-based edition of the Greenpower Goblin event.
The eco-vehicles competition is the junior version of Greenpower (which will be held in July) and introduces primary school students to mechanical engineering with environmental awareness, specifically focusing around electric power.
The inaugural event was held at Dunton last year and following its success, the site held the 2013 version on May 4.
Seven teams from six local primary schools took part in their self-built electric vehicles, proving that interest in the event is growing year on year, with the teams competing over a slalom, drag race and laps of a small oval circuit throughout the day.
“It takes each school about 15 hours to build their vehicles and we assist by offering kits for them to develop the cars,” said Hannah Enticknap, Greenpower.
A total of 11 Ford volunteers took part, including Dunton Exhaust Engineering employee Vipul Saxena.
“I wanted to volunteer last year but the places were all full. I love doing things like this and seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces, it is great to encourage young engineers,” said Saxena.
“It was a fantastic day and we have seen more interest this year, we hope to have even more teams taking part in 2014,” noted Nicola Gregory, Ford’s event coordinator.
The main Greenpower event will be held at Dunton on July 6, 2013.