The Blair Project is looking for teams to compete in STEM motorsports

The Blair Project, a Manchester-based provider of STEM education for youth and adults, is seeking secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs across Greater Manchester to register for the upcoming ProtoEV STEM Challenge.

The ProtoEV STEM Challenge is set to launch in January 2023, giving young people ages 11-19 the chance to learn how to retrofit petrol karts into fully electric cars that they can test and race to see which one is the fastest and fastest. Most energy efficient. In the process, teams learn about the electrification of transport, and leave equipped with the skills required to work in the digital, technology or engineering sectors.

Through ProtoEV, underrepresented youth discover talents they never knew they had; Develop the skills the industry needs and get hands-on training in electric vehicle propulsion systems and battery technologies; and discover career advancement paths. Project Blair is building schools to recruit the talent the UK needs to get to Net Zero.

The challenge requires students to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, teamwork, media skills, and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive, and life-changing way.

The Blair Project seeks to engage young people who may have low awareness of careers in engineering and technology, inspiring them to pursue well-paying careers as innovators, technicians, scientists and engineers. She focuses on championing diversity, inclusion, and social mobility in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a particular focus on growing the female talent pipeline, BAME, and the working class.

Having launched in Greater Manchester in 2018, this year the ProtoEV is being rolled out nationally to expand the opportunity for students living in London, Oxford and the West Midlands in partnership with the Oxford Brookes University Center for Motorsport Engineering and the University of Birmingham.

“This is an exciting opportunity for schools, colleges and youth clubs to get involved in something truly transformative,” said Neil Henry, Founder and CEO of The Blair Project. Since the launch of the ProtoEV in 2018, 55 students have taken part in the challenge, with 95% of them continuing their education and careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering. and mathematics.

“We know there is a diversity issue in STEM fields and in the motorsports world, but we cannot stand by as talent potential is being lost. At The Blair Project, we look to empower young people to engage meaningfully with the sector and remove barriers that It prevents them from taking STEM careers and driving lasting, transformative change.

“After some time off due to the pandemic, we’re super excited to be relaunching the ProtoEV, and can’t wait to see what our teams achieve!”

Teams can learn more and sign up here: https://www.theblairproject.org/protoev/

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