Creative spark for young engineer students

Back row, left to right, Gary Eiles, Mick Burton, head of engineering at TyneMet, and Mr Stead with the students.

Back row, left to right, Gary Eiles, Mick Burton, head of engineering at TyneMet, and Mr Stead with the students.

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A COMPETITION has given college students the spark to fine tune potential engineering careers.

An electric car kit was donated to pupils at John Spence Community High School by the engineering department at TyneMet College to race against 37 other schools in the ‘Greenpower’ racing competition at Croft circuit near Darlington.

The car – raced and developed by five students – completed an impressive 58.6miles over the four hours, earning the youngsters 21st position overall.

The students built the car were Matthew Rice, Sean Mulligan, Alex Anderson, Christopher Dimopoulos, Calum Stuart, guided by teacher Mr Stead.

Gary Eiles, engineering teacher at TyneMet, said: “The students were very enthusiastic and keen to get started.

“I have been impressed with high standards and the quality of the students work and we would be delighted to continue to support John Spence Community High School in future ventures of this nature.”