London wants to get kids involved in Formula E

Formula E will finish up its inaugural season with two days of racing around a 15-corner, 1.8-mile road course in London's Battersea Park on June 27-28, and 10 local schools will get the chance to enjoy the motorsports action by racing in their own homemade electric racecars around the same track.

The event is part of the Formula E School Series (pictured above from Buenos Aires) that challenges students nearby many of the rounds to get excited about engineering and renewable energy through motorsports. The London race for them will be held on Saturday, June 27.

A charity called the Greenpower Education Trust is organizing the event, and it's looking for 10 schools that want to compete. "We will support each team of pupils every step of the way in the build of their very own electric racecar," Jeremy Way, the trust's CEO, said in the announcement. The project fits well with the group's goal of promoting interest in sustainable engineering.

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· Greenpower Education Trust will run FIA Formula E School Series race at finale of innovative new championship

· Students from 10 London schools sought to build all-electric racing cars and compete on same track as Formula E series

· Greenpower will hold launch event for interested schools at The Crystal on Feb 25

West Sussex, Thursday 19 February, 2015:

Sustainable engineering charity, Greenpower Education Trust, is inviting schools from London to bid for a chance to compete on one of the biggest motorsport stages of 2015 – the London round of the FIA Formula E championship.

The inaugural season of the pioneering Formula E championship, the first of its kind for all-electric racing cars, will reach its climax with a finale in London on June 27.

West Sussex-based charity Greenpower is the Official Schools Series Provider to Formula E and is running the Formula E School Series alongside the main championship in almost every host city featured on the calendar in 2015.

The School Series initiative sees 10 schools from each of the host cities build their own electric racing car and compete on the same track as the stars of Formula E during the main race weekend. Greenpower will open registration for London schools to participate in the UK round at a launch event at The Crystal in Royal Victoria Dock next Wednesday, February 25.

Greenpower Education Trust CEO, Jeremy Way, said: "This is a unique chance for young people in London to race on the same track as a host of ex-F1 and other motorsport stars, not to mention the opportunity to get involved in an innovative engineering project that will look great on their CVs.

"The School Series race will be held on Saturday, June 27 as part of the Formula E finale so students will compete in front of what is predicted to be an enormous crowd of thousands. Meanwhile, we will support each team of pupils every step of the way in the build of their very own electric race car."

Greenpower is in its 16th year of running race championships for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities in the UK. It currently works with around 500 institutions and more than 1,000 students in a programme designed to get young people interested in engineering, particularly sustainable engineering, at an early age.

The UK needs an average of 74,000 new workers with engineering skills to enter the industry between now and 2022 if it is to maximise its true potential. In total, 257,000 of those jobs are new vacancies that will grow the industry, as opposed to simply maintaining its current size.

Through the Greenpower programme, young people from the age of nine get hands-on engineering experience but also learn communication, team-building and co-operation skills, while the process also gives underprivileged or struggling youngsters a renewed focus and goals for which to aim.

The launch of Greenpower's search for London schools to take part on the Formula E School Series will be held at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Dock, starting at 5pm on Wednesday, February 25. Any schools interested in either attending or bidding for one of the 10 slots available for the programme should email

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