UAE Schools To Design, Build And Race Electric Cars

The competition will be held at the Dubai Autodrome in the Formula 24 category for 11- to 16-year-olds.

Every year, over 10,000 students in Europe, Asia and the USA participate in a programme that pushes them to excel in science, technology, engineering and maths. This is achieved through a motorsport-related project. And the primary enabler behind it is a UK-based charity called Greenpower Education Trust (GET). It has been running this programme for more than two decades.

This year the programme will expand into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in collaboration with Pole Position – a Dubai-based automotive events and motorsports consultancy. To begin with, 41 GEMS Education schools will participate. They will form teams to design and build electric kit cars supplied by GET.

In September 2023, GET will introduce students to basic mechanics and electrics for developing the electric race car. Teams comprising three drivers and a support crew will ultimately race the electric cars at Dubai Autodrome in the Formula 24 category for 11- to 16-year-olds.

Here’s what Ryan Trutch, who is the founder and CEO at Pole Position, said in an official statement:

We’re in discussion with GEMS Education to finalise the programme before launching later in the year with the backing of corporate sponsorship as part of the companies’ CSR and ESG activities. We intend to open up more opportunities for young people to take up careers in engineering and other scientific areas and allow them to contribute more to society. Furthermore, with 40 per cent of participants in Greenpower being female, we want to work towards developing a more diverse workforce in science and engineering for the future.

Undoubtedly, the best way to get students to find their way into the world of motorsports is by giving them on-field and hands-on experience. GET claims that more than 2,500 teams have competed in the programme. And this feat hasn’t gone unnoticed. It was covered by Hamilton Commission, set up by multi-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

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