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Are your students eco-innovators?

Published: May 23, 2019 1 min read

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A national schools competition has been launched for students aged 7-19 to design a chargepoint for on-street electric vehicles of the future.

The competition is part of a Government campaign, ‘Engineering: Take a closer look’, which is building on the success of the Year of Engineering in 2018, celebrating the world and wonder of engineering.

The Eco-Innovators competition calls for innovative, iconic and beautiful designs for chargepoints that use space efficiently, complement existing streetscapes and are user-friendly. With a Government commitment to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, demand for electric vehicles and chargepoints looks likely to soar.

The competition, which is free to enter, has two age categories, 7-14 and 14-19, and closes on Friday 18 October. The winning design will be built as a scale model by the National Transport Design Centre and displayed at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre. Runners-up prizes include electric vehicle experience days and work experience opportunities for schools and students.

Each student entry will be judged by senior industry professionals. For full details on how to enter, plus inspiring lesson plans.