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Record breaker and green energy vehicles join engineering careers showcase

posted 13 Apr 2015, 06:45 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 16 Apr 2015, 09:08 ]
The team who assisted Guy Martin with the world record-breaking ‘Gravity Racer Challenge’, an environmentally friendly green energy-powered supercar and a ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean sports car are among the latest attractions unveiled for an annual event designed to attract more young people into engineering.

The Get up to Speed event, organised by the pioneering work-wise Foundation employability and work experience programme, is already the biggest event of its kind in Yorkshire.

The highly interactive event, which takes place on Wednesday April 22, is doubling in size this year, after moving to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

Attractions already announced include a full sized aircraft which is being built by students and volunteers at Robin Hood Airport, a new generation of android robots and quad copters – including one controlled by brain waves.

Now organisers have unveiled further attractions, including the team from Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research, who supported Guy Martin when he set a new world record for a vehicle powered by gravity alone, of 85.61mph.

Also on show will be BMW’s electric powered I8 supercar and I3 family saloon and a hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle, run by Sheffield-based green energy experts ITM Power.

They join a collection of single seater racing cars and simulators, showing what it’s like to drive a Formula One car or racing motorcycle, tackle a down hill sled run and a cycle race or train to compete in a canoe.

Get up to Speed has been inspiring young people to follow a career in engineering and technology for five years now and some of the pupils who attended the first events are now advanced manufacturing apprentices.

In addition to the interactive exhibits and technology demonstrations, there will be a number of challenges for visitors to take part in, including two construction challenges, one of which involves building remote controlled models from Lego.

Exhibitors will also include top training organisations and more than 40 leading manufacturers ranging from exclusive cutlery and giftware companies and medical implant businesses to aerospace and nuclear power component manufacturers and pioneers of powder metallurgy technology.

Headline sponsors of Get up to Speed are The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Tata Steel.

The event is aimed at young people from primary schools to universities, their teachers and parents.