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The 2018 Greenpower Project

Young Engineer of the Year 2018 worked with Greenpower Education Trust and challenged Year 10 pupils to design, build and race an electric kit car.

KMF first worked with Greenpower Education Trust on the 2014 YEOTY competition, however, the 2018 project sees the addition of filmmaking, as students are asked to capture their YEOTY journey with GoPro cameras and to produce a short film that documents the highlights of their YEOTY Journey.

The project hopes to encourage young people to consider all of the exciting careers available to them in engineering and other STEM subjects.

The project included a spectacular race day at Mallory Park where 22 schools went head-to-head on the track of Mallory Park race circuit in Leicester, to discover which of the teams had developed the fastest and most efficient electric kit car.

BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell joined the teams at Mallory Park on the day and even jumped in a kit car himself to have his own shot at race car victory. Watch the BBC's footage of the day here.

The overall winner of the Young Engineer of the Year was Marcel from St Thomas More.

Jenny Conlon, KMF's Training Centre Manager, said: "These young people have got the opportunity to feel like Lewis Hamilton. They have torn up the rulebook and designed and manufactured their own race cars from scratch -- it's incredible!

We hope the excitement of the day and the engineering experience gained over the past 9 months of the project, will inspire these young students to consider all of the exciting careers available to them in engineering and other STEM subjects."

The race was just one element of the competition. Young people were also measured on teamwork, commitment and attitude and had to develop a portfolio detailing all of the research they had undertaken to build the vehicle.

The 2018 Greenpower Project was supported by many local sponsor organisations.

THE AWARDS INCLUDED:

  • Non-Kit Car — Fastest Lap & Furthest Distance Travelled: Sir Thomas Boughey
  • Kit Car — Fastest Lap: Wolstanton
  • Kit Car — Furthest Distance Travelled: St Joseph's College
  • Spirit of YEOTY: Westwood College
  • Best Engineered Car: Endon High
  • Best Portfolio: St Joseph's Catholic College
  • Newcomer award: St Thomas More
  • Best Video: St Margaret Ward (Presented by Signal 1 — Sam Harper)
  • Young Engineer of the Year 2018: Marcel Konarzewski from St Thomas More ( Presented by The Sentinel — Martin Tideswell)

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