31 August 2022
The students of the VIAT School of Science and Technology, based in Maidstone Kent, are taking part in The Green Power Challenge – to design and build an electric single-seater car which they will get to race on some of the UK’s top motor circuits including Goodwood, Rockingham, and Croft.
Organised by UK charity Green Power Education Trust, the challenge uses the exhilaration of motorsport to inspire more than 10,000 young people each year to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The challenge gives 9-25-year-olds across 3 age categories the opportunity to build and race a Greenpower Kit Car which once they have designed their bodywork, can be built in around 15 hours.
Or using a supplied motor and batteries only, they can choose to design a car of their own, in line with Green Power safety regulations. They then get to compete in a series of events across the UK and race to claim the chequered flag.
As a Kent-based company, we work hard to address the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills gap by providing training and apprenticeship opportunities to local people. Additionally, we place high importance on our organisation’s carbon footprint and sustainability agenda and are committed to acting responsibly by integrating social and environmental concerns into business operations.
We are currently in the testing phase with our own product – COzPro, an app that plugs straight into the ServiceNow platform and enables organisations to manage their entire CO2 asset lifecycle, understand their environmental position and drive decisions that influence their sustainability agendas.
So, we are delighted to support the 11-16-year-old students of SST with their sustainability initiative and support tomorrow’s talent. We will be funding the build of the car and supporting them with resources to compete in the races. The first race is taking place on 16th September at Dunsfold Park and the KA2 will be there and cheering them from the sidelines.
We are confident that the participating students will excel in this great project over the coming school year, and we cannot wait to see the outcome of their design skills. We wish them the very best of luck.
We will publish regular updates of their progress and the outcomes of the events on our socials so keep an eye on our page.