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Metal recycler is a driving force behind schoolÂ’s green driving challenge

28 June 2018

The team, made up of students aged between 11 and 16-years-old, have been developing an electric car, which will be raced against other students in the GreenPower Formula 24. The car, which is powered by two 12 volt batteries, reaches a top speed of 35 miles per hour and will be raced for the first time in a qualifying round at the Anglesey Circuit on 3 July.

The GreenPower challenge helps address the engineering skill gap and uses the excitement of motorsports to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The event consists of more than 700 teams throughout the UK with 35 regional events and an international final.

Adam Sellers, Site Manager at EMR’s Hyde depot said: “GreenPower Formula 24 gives secondary school aged children the opportunity to design, build and race an electric, single seater car on some of the UK’s top motor circuits.

“When we were approached by the students from Hyde Community College, we felt that we just had to support such a project that will give these students incredible experience and skills.

“We recycle anything from a toaster to an aircraft carrier and we wouldn’t be able to do that without investing heavily in developing our own technology. We recognise the importance of giving young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills that are stepping stones into an engineering career.”

Mr M Brogan, Assistant Subject Leader from Hyde Community College said: “For the students to be able to design and then build the car, it was vital that they approached local business for sponsorship to fund the challenge. The team were thrilled when EMR were able to offer support - they have been fantastic and are great supporters of the project. The EMR team has been instrumental in teaching the students how to liaise with a local business, along with the necessary skills of the effective time management required to take on a project of this magnitude. ”

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