Pupils inspired by the sunshine to race buggies

STUDENTS at Stoke College got the chance to show off their engineering acumen during a workshop led by the team behind Britain's most cutting edge solar-powered car.

Members of the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) Team visiting the college last Wednesday to lead year six to eight students through a special solar buggy workshop.

CUER were behind the creation of the UK’s first solar-powered car to be accepted by the DVLA as legally fit for the road, and are now preparing their racing car to compete in a World Solar Challenge in Darwin, Australia, in October.

They shared their insight and skills during the workshop, in which students worked in small groups to build their own model-sized solar buggies before racing them across the college’s playground.

Members of CUER, which is sponsored by Richard Hobbs from Cambridge Precision Engineering and made up of students from the university’s engineering department, also demonstrated how the car, a prototype of the one being raced in Australia, worked.

Colin Graves, the college’s design technology teacher, developed the link between his school and CUER through an existing connection he has with Mr Hobbs. He said: “Once the students started the in the workshop the look on their faces was absolutely amazing.”