Charging to victory in electric car track day

The students came 2nd overall
The students came 2nd overall

A Mearns Academy team came first in both races at the Greenpower Energy Challenge at the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford.

On Friday, June 13, a group of 10 pupils from the school entered the challenge run by the Greenpower Education Trust.

Teams for all over Scotland were tasked with designing, building and racing an electric-powered car.

This was Mearns Academy’s first year of entering the challenge, with the team faring exceptionally well.

They won first prize for fastest kit car in both races, took second place overall among all the car classes and walked away with prize money of £500.

The team also won Best Newcomers and Best Turned out Team.

Theyreceived support from a number of local companies with significant sponsorship being provided by Conoco Phillips in Aberdeen who also provided the team with an industry mentor to help and guide them through the process.

The Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person.

The team are now eagerly awaiting confirmation that they will make it through to the national final held at Goodwood in October.