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The Greenpower Challenge

UK charity Greenpower Education Trust is inviting schools to enter the Greenpower Challenge with the aid of a bursary scheme, supported by Siemens.

The challenge is a national competition where children design, build and race an electric car, and Schools in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Newcastle are being invited to apply for the bursary.

The competition is open to all schools.

Siemens, the leading global technology and services company that has been active in the UK for over 170 years, has supported the charity since 2010, and the bursary funding means that schools that would otherwise not be able to afford to take part in the Greenpower Challenge have the chance to buy the kit cars for half the usual cost.


To apply, schools in the London Boroughs of Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Newham and schools in Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle must meet various criteria and can email to find out more.

The closing date for the next round of bursary applications is Friday 14 February 2020.


The Greenpower Challenge (aimed at Key Stage 3 children aged 11-14 yrs), uses the exhilaration of motorsport to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM); and Siemens’ outreach programme, the Curiosity Project, which the bursary scheme is part of, aims to highlight the excitement that a job in engineering can bring and show that anyone can be an engineer if they study these subjects. Research by Siemens has shown that 90% of students participating in the challenge intend to go on studying science.


The successful schools will receive, in addition to the 50% discount on the car kit, a £500 equipment grant for tools, helmets, materials and transport and a further £500 grant for travel and accommodation for the final Grand Prix-style event.  The selected schools will also benefit from a local Siemens representative who will be on hand to give them advice and help to build the car.

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