With much excitement and high expectations, the Academy’s first ever student-built electric car “Looe Bird” (a play on words from the famous Blue Bird) was launch in to action in the Green Power national competition at Newquay Airport.
The car was constructed as part of Mr Langdon’s after school engineering project by Kai Manning, Haidyn Oakley, Luke Ellis, Oliver Owen and Tamsin Cairns. There was a set specification for certain key components to ensure equal opportunity for all competitors, such as the batteries and electric motor, and for some safety aspects, such as the power control, nose cone material and roll bar. The rest was down to the team to design, build, test and modify until they were completely happy with their car’s performance.
On race day the team of students prepared, raced and serviced their car (race number 276) in the pits and between races under the supervision of Mr Langdon. Their attitude, engineering knowledge, ability to manage situations, dedication and enthusiasm were a real credit to the Academy, as was their achievement of 10th place out of 33 entries in the first race of the day.
Other students from the Academy, Willow Stow, James Stevenson and Jess Hughes entered a car (race number 294) that they built with the Liskeard Police Cadets, finishing in 10th place in the second race of the day.
The Academy wishes all of our young engineers all the very best for the future as we look forward to next year’s engineering challenge.