Big names partner up to bring electric Motorsport to Kildare students

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • NUI Maynooth with funding from global chip giant Intel will field the first team from the Republic of Ireland to enter the international IET Formula 24 challenge from the Greenpower Education Trust
  • The electric car challenge requires students, guided by their teachers and an industry mentor, to design, build and then race a single seat electric car in an endurance challenge.
  • NUI Maynooth has recruited a team of transition year students from Maynooth Post Primary School to enter the 12-16 years category.

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NUI Maynooth with funding from global chip giant Intel will field the first team from the Republic of Ireland to enter the international IET Formula 24 challenge from the Greenpower Education Trust. Their first race will take place on 31st of May at Nutt’s Corner Circuit in Northern Ireland against five other new teams vying for a grid position at the final to be held in October 2014 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex.

Greenpower, an educational trust sponsored by multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens, was setup in the UK with the objective of encouraging education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people.

Daniel Greenan from Siemens, and also a regional ambassador for Greenpower said “There is huge potential for broadening the horizons of young people through this challenge. In Sussex they will be competing against UK schools, but also corporate entries from teams like Jaguar Landrover and Lockheed Martin. Previous competitors have gone on to be selected at interview with industry leading companies based upon their Greenpower experience.”

The electric car challenge requires students, guided by their teachers and an industry mentor, to design, build and then race a single seat electric car in an endurance challenge.

Greenpower offers 4 race categories for ages ranging from 9-25 years. NUI Maynooth has recruited a team of transition year students from Maynooth Post Primary School to enter the 12-16 years category.

Padraig Golden from Intel Ireland who is mentoring the team with NUI Maynooth said: “Students will be required to form a team and run it in the same way as a Formula 1 team. They will be using Siemens Solid Edge software, provided and supported by Majenta PLM, to design the car on a computer, build it at the university and then race the car against other teams. The students will also have the opportunity to incorporate into the project the Intel Galileo board which was designed by a team of engineers in Leixlip. This whole experience is a fantastic way to expose the students to numerous aspects of engineering not normally encountered in their traditional school environment, and they will be empowered to take their ideas and make them happen.”

Projects for both primary school and secondary school children have been running successfully in Northern Ireland since 2013 with participation growing steadily.  Island wide participation was the goal from the outset.

Stuart Christy from the regional ambassador team said: “We enjoy a rich heritage in motorsport, innovation and engineering in Ireland, and recognised the potential for using motorsport to bring communities and our young people from across the island together. Working towards the common goal of innovating a winning racing car, we hope that children from every county will come together, race together, and take their place in laying down tomorrow’s heritage together.”

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Edel Murray pictured at the Greenpower Education Trust IET Formula 24 launch in collaboration with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth iIntel and Maynooth Post Primary School

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Laoise Millar, Karena Barclay and Eibhlin Farrell pictured at the Greenpower Education Trust IET Formula 24 launch in collaboration with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Maynooth Post Primary School and Intel

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Kathryn Breen and Linda Kruger pictured at the Greenpower Education Trust IET Formula 24 launch in collaboration with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Intel and Maynooth Post Primary School

Further images can be found here: Greenpower Car Launch at NUIM – a set on Flickr


Further Information

About the program

For more information or to get involved, please feel free to contact Daniel Greenan, on +353 83 1886099 if you require any further information.

Alternatively, you can get in touch via e-mail: daniel.greenan@greenpower.co.uk  or  Stuart.Christy@greenpower.co.uk Updates are regularly announced on Twitter @GreenpowerNIIE and event information is tagged #Nutts4May31

About Greenpower Education Trust

Greenpower Education Trust promotes sustainable engineering as a rewarding career to anyone aged 9-25, while also focusing on teamwork, linking industry with educational institutions and involving the community.  The Trust works with over 500 schools across the UK and runs 27 events annually.

www.greenpower.co.uk

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About Siemens in the UK

Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 168 years ago and now employs around 16,000 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £4.1 billion. As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges, across the key sectors of energy, industry and healthcare. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey. The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk

About Majenta PLM in Northern Ireland

Majenta PLM is the UK’s leading Siemens PLM Software Solution Provider and the only Platinum Partner within the UK. Part of the Majenta Group, Majenta PLM has 16 years of experience in applying engineering technology and upholding the Siemens value of never letting a customer fail. The Solid Edge Division works collaboratively with clients to maximise their software investment and enhance current design processes. To this end Majenta PLM has a dedicated permanent Account Manager based in Ireland and has set up a dedicated Design Engineers of Ireland group on LinkedIn with the aim of bringing together professional engineers from Project, Industrial, Mechanical, Senior or Junior backgrounds using Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software, in Ireland.

About The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world. The IET’s Education 5-19 department aims to support teachers of science, design and technology, engineering and mathematics with its range of IET Faraday resources. These include classroom posters, lesson activities, short films and challenges – all designed to bring the real world of engineering into the classroom. Teenagers can explore the fascinating world of science and engineering with Flipside magazine, available free of charge in school libraries, and discover more about engineering careers. The IET’s Education Fund provides grants of up to £5000 to local education projects and the Institution is proud to support its extensive range of Education Partners who all share its aim of encouraging more young people into the engineering and technology sector – www.theiet.org

About Maynooth Post Primary School

Maynooth Post Primary is a co-educational, multi-denominational and none, school with non selective entry. It opened in 1971 as a Vocational School in the grounds of the Presentation Convent and moved to its present location on the Moyglare Road in 1972 under the auspices of County Kildare Vocational Educational Committee. Maynooth Post Primary School is a community of students, staff and parents. We aim to create a warm and caring learning environment in which all students can achieve their full potential. We value the unique contribution of each individual in an

atmosphere of tolerance, partnership and shared respect –  http://www.mpps.ie/

About National University of Ireland, Maynooth

The National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) is internationally recognised for quality and value of our research and scholarship and our dedication and commitment to teaching and our students. While formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, NUI Maynooth traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St.Patrick in 1795, drawing inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and scholarship. The University is a place of lively contrasts. It is a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions. The University community comprises over 9,000 students and  800 staff from more than 20 countries. The institution has grown rapidly in recent years, but retains a student-centred and deeply collegial ethos. NUI Maynooth has recently launched a new University Strategic Plan 2012-17, charting a clear and ambitious direction for the development of the University, including major enhancements in undergraduate and postgraduate education, focussed investment in research, further internationalisation, and deeper engagement with enterprise and the community. The University is located in the historic town of Maynooth, 25 km from Dublin, and its campus combines the peaceful and historic beauty of fine eighteenth century buildings with the very best of modern research and teaching facilities – http://www.nuim.ie/

About Intel

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

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Web – intel.ie |  Twitter – @Intel_IRL  |  Facebook – Intel Ireland


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