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Students develop vehicles powered by renewable energy

3D printed and laser cut parts are components usually associated with professional manufacturing, but for one group of youngsters they formed an integral part of their entry into this year’s High School Innovation Challenge.


Source: Northrop Grumman

Teams of aspiring engineering students from Los Angeles area high schools competed in the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge on Friday, Feb 21 to see who could design and produce the most efficient solar and/or wind-powered vehicle

Run by Northrop Grumman as part of National Engineers Week, the annual challenge required students to design and build a renewable-energy-powered model vehicle that could carry a payload as efficiently as possible over a set distance.

Should more initiatives like this be encouraged in British schools? Let us know below. 




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  • I think this is a great idea, I will try to get it into the Rotary Club's next School Project

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  • Challenges like this are a wonderful way to get pupils interested in science and engineering. How about the Engineer organising a national competition ?

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  • To follow David's suggestion:make it an international competition.

    What a wonderful achievement for these youngsters. I am confident that they will succeed where we, the older (stuck on fossil fuels) generations, failed: in building a sustainable world through science, engineering and a lot of imagination, while having great fun.

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