Formula 24 Success for Maynooth Post Primary students
A team of Transition Year students from Maynooth Post Primary School with the support of Intel and under the guidance of their TY Co-Ordinator Mary Murphy and Andrew Meehan a Lecturer with the Engineering Department in NUI Maynooth, recently became the first school in the Republic of Ireland to compete in a GreenPower Formula 24 event.
At the beginning of 2014 the school began working on the project with the transition year student group being split into sub teams with specific focus areas. The technical sub-team began work on building the electric powered car at the beginning of March this year in the Engineering Department of NUIM. At the same time a PR sub-team of students got busy fundraising and raising awareness of the project in the media.
The aim of the project was not only to build and race the car electric powered car but also to expose students to the vast world of Engineering.
‘The Wheel Deal’ on the track
Early on Saturday 31st of May both teams of students, together with staff from Maynooth Post Primary and NUIM, loaded up the car and headed to Nutts Corner in Belfast to race in the GreenPower annual event.
Having passed all safety and design checks the car, named the ‘Wheel Deal’ lined up on the grid with five other teams for the first of two 90 minute races. All cars start the race with the same batteries. The object is to cover as much ground as possible and hopefully last until the end of the race. The Wheel Deal got off to a flying start and reliability proved to be key as there were no unscheduled pit stops or repairs required to the car. After 3 excellent pit stops to change drivers ‘The Wheel Deal’ was placed runner up in the overall race but 1st in its class. Delighted with the result the team lined up for race number two and repeated their excellent performance, securing the same result.
At the prize giving at the end of the day the team were also awarded the Siemen’s award for Innovation and Design. The team have now qualified for the GreenPower Formula 24 Final at the Goodwood race track in the UK on the 12th of October 2014.
Intel became involved as a key partner of the project towards the end of 2013 and provided the school with the basic component kit required to build the car. Padraig Golden, a Leixlip based employee in the Platform Engineering Group (PEG) championed the program and volunteered as mentor to the student team throughout their experience.
The team are now looking at how they can improve on their car before the October event in Goodwood where the team are looking forward to flying the Irish flag!
The Kildare students line up at the race start point
Students from Maynooth Post Primary school are pictured at the Belfast race track
Further images can be found here: Maynooth school compete in Formula 24 Greenpower event – an album on Flickr
Greenpower is an education trust which aims to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. Greenpower run the IET Formula 24 event for students aged between 11 and 16 years of age with teams having to compete in at least one regional heat and finish in the top 3 in order to automatically qualify for the National final which is held in October each year at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
- Click here to the results from the Greenpower races at Nutt’s Corner
- Click here for more information on Greenpower
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