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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


DUEM Solar Car visits local High School

(26 April 2016)

A team from DEI and Durham University Electric Motor Car (DUEM) visited Whitworth Park School in Spennymoor with the Durham University Solar Car. Three of the DUEM team (David Sims-Williams, Andrew Messenger and Toby McBride) along with DEI Administrator Lynn Gibson attended the workshop. 

Whitworth Park school are taking part in the Greenpower F1 Challenge and welcomed the advice given by Andrew Messenger, who took part in the 2015 World Solar Challenge. This is a competition in which teams design and build their own solar cars and race them from Darwin to Adelaide - 3000km across the desert, via Alice Springs.


Andrew, a PhD student in Durham’s Energy CDT and team leader ran sessions across the day in Design and Technology session for 8 groups - about 160 key stage 3 students. The students were able to see the car which was designed and built by DUEM, and had a chance to ask questions and find out about the barriers and obstacles they had to overcome in this international challenge. The students were enthusiastic and attentive as they listened to Andrew guide them through the design process and the race itself. Their teacher Mark Brown was impressed by the session and the students’ insightful questions.


Whitworth Park’s Greenpower Formula 24 challenge – will take pupils to race at Croft-on-Tees for the North of England area heat on the 13th of July. This challenge is to build and race a car for the greatest number of laps in 3 x 90 minute races. Whitworth Park were keen to spot similarities in terms of how their cars could learn from the Durham team. It was a really informative and fun day.