13 Oct 14

Suffolk school motors towards success with Sizewell B

A Sizewell B apprentice is helping students from Northgate School, Ipswich, in their quest to race at Goodwood.

Lewis Bedwell (24), a fourth year apprentice at Sizewell B, is using his training in mechanical engineering to mentor the group of 11-16 year old pupils from Ipswich in an electric car challenge.

The fifteen students, who all have an interest in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, have enrolled on the Greenpower Education Trust’s Formula 24 racing competition which requires students, guided by their teachers and an industry mentor, to design, build and then race an electric car.

With Lewis’s help the students hope to finish the car by July in time to test it against other local schools at the test track at Ford Dunton in Essex. The winning schools for the regional heats will go on to race in the national competition at Goodwood in October 2015.

Lewis, who went to Kesgrave High School before starting his apprenticeship said: “It is great to be part of a practical project which inspires others to study STEM subjects and brings their lessons to life. I am enjoying every minute of my apprenticeship. I spent my first two years studying at HMS Sultan where I learnt the core skills for the job which, when I am not at Sizewell B, I am using to help the students at Northgate High with the electric car project.“

Mr Jenner, Design and Technology teacher at Northgate School said: “It’s great having Lewis on the team helping the pupils, as it gives them experience of working with someone other than the school staff. It is also really valuable in helping pupils think about their future and what their options are for life after Northgate. His insight has been invaluable."

The students and teachers involved in the project give up their own time to work on the car and source the materials. The eighteen month project takes real commitment and a genuine interest in the STEM subjects. The group have been meeting in their Technology classroom on a Thursday each week to work on the project. The culmination of the work will be seen when they test the car in January.