Schools to race their self-built electric speedsters in Delmas

Schools to race their self-built electric speedsters in Delmas

Learners from different provinces including Gauteng, North West and the Eastern Cape will participate and race in their self-built electric cars on Saturday, October 22, at Red Star Raceway in Delmas. The learners will see the engineering projects they have been working on for the past six months come to life and experience how the theory that is taught in class can be applied practically.

GreenpowerZA is a non-profit organisation that enables learners to design, build and race a single seater electric car. They use the excitement of motorsport to inspire learners from primary school through to high school to excel in the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The project also provides career guidance in the areas of project management, design and build, race execution and safety, marketing and PR and finance and sponsorship.

Various schools including Mandela School of Science and Technology, Ingqayizivele High School, Hoër Tegniese Skool Pretoria Tuine, Hoërskool Schoonspruit, Isekelo Primary School, Calvyn and Laerskool Louis Leipoldt will participate in the GreenpowerZA electric car challenge.

The primary schools will participate in the Goblin race; learners will have to compete in a total of three activities including speed racing (a race at the highest running speed), drag racing (an acceleration contest over a distance of 80m) and the slalom race (a race that follows a zigzag course).

The high schools will participate in the formula24 race; learners will compete in an endurance race. The teams will have to cover the maximum distance in 90 minutes using two 12volt batteries. Each team can make use of three drivers who must practice at least three hours with the electric car prior to the race.

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For more information regarding the GreenpowerZA electric car challenge and how to get your school signed up for the 2017 race, send an email to