Bourne Acadamy Greenpower Project

Ragworm had the absolute pleasure of supporting Bourne Academy in their Greenpower Project which they raced on 28th September 2014.

The team here at Ragworm, have been working closely with pupils and staff at Bourne and have enjoyed every moment of collaborating with such a forward thinking, hands on school. It’s amazing to see the work and effort these guys are putting in to inspiring our “Future Geniuses’’.

Ragworm was very lucky to be invited to the school to take a look round and meet with some of the teachers and pupils. Their Technology, Engineering and Design department is second to none and has everything a budding Engineer could possibly wish for. The school is fresh and up beat on all levels, from décor and layout right through to its innovative curriculum.

Bourne Academy has kindly taken some time to write us a few words about the event and share a few snaps with us from the day:

The Bourne Academy Greenpower Team took the “Bourne Beacon” to Castle Combe racing circuit on the 28th September 2014 to compete against some of the most successful Formula 24 Greenpower cars in the country.

The car was named “Beacon” after the School’s lighthouse themed house system.

The day was a great success and all of the teams had a fantastic time. The Bourne Beacon fared very well against the stiff competition and completed its first ever race with no technical troubles at all. On a scorching hot day the Beacon’s 24 volt motor coped brilliantly courtesy of a bespoke heat sink and fan assembly provided courtesy of Ragworm. The cooling fan was run direct from one of the Beacon’s twin 12 volt batteries and enabled the motor to run cool and the keep the Beacon’s wheels spinning while other cars suffered under the midday sun.

The Bourne Academy students who had the honour of driving the Beacon all remarked on its steering and ride comfort. Pit crew members noticed the minimal battery drain and relative coolness of the motor and it has been agreed that more power can be drawn from the batteries over the 90 minute duration of future races and gearing ratios will be altered accordingly. The team very much look forward to tinkering with the Bourne Beacon – the plans are to replace the drive train with a lighter equivalent; to create a featherweight aerodynamic body shell and to improve on the efficiency of bearings throughout.

The impact that Greenpower has on young engineers can be summed up by the Beacon’s youngest driver, who on the journey back home after the race simply said: “This is the coolest day of my life!”

To have been involved in the design and build and then to have raced the car really must have been an inspiration. Watch this space to see how the Bourne Beacon performs in 2015!

As you can see from the comments and stories above Students really benefit from projects just like this and from the involvement of outside organisations. It shouldn’t be underestimated the impact it can have on a student’s outlook and education experience!

Personally, we can’t wait for the opportunity to work with our Bourne ‘Proud Geeks’ again.

Here’s to the Future of Engineering!

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