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UCLan students make the future

27 November 2015

Amy-Louise Thompson

Students’ car to take centre stage at festival of innovation  

Engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will push their fuel efficient car to the limit when they attempt to break their personal record of 1,368 miles per gallon at the Shell Eco-marathon.

The marathon is coming to London for the first time in its 30-year history at the Make the Future Festival in summer 2016 and brings together students from all over Europe to look into the future and see how innovative energy and technology ideas will be used. It will be the fourth time that UCLan will take part in the epic battle of the Shell Eco-marathon mileage marathon as teams from across the country push their creative engineering to the limit to see how far they can travel using the least amount of energy.

 

“When I joined the University there were lots of opportunities for extracurricula activities. The Shell Eco-marathon really stood out to me because it was so different."

Shannon Hill, an engineering student whose aim is to inspire more young people, especially girls, into a career in science and engineering, said: “One of the things I really liked about the Shell Eco-marathon is whether it’s boys or girls it is presented in such a way that it is really exciting to children.”

In addition to the race, the Eco-marathon also hosts an energy lab – an experimental area which allows younger children the opportunity to experiment and have fun with science. The students from UCLan, who have been tipped as front runners in the race, have been involved in the design and building of ultra-energy-efficient vehicles to see how far they can travel on one litre of fuel.

Shannon added: “When I joined the University there were lots of opportunities for extracurricula activities. The Shell Eco-marathon really stood out to me because it was so different and it’s not like any of the other things I could have got involved in.”

 

"We want to inspire young people about the positive role they can play in society and to encourage them to become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.”

By 2050 three quarters of the world’s population will by living in cities. The Make the Future festival aims to encourage students to engage with their STEM lessons (science, technology, engineering and maths) to create a generation with expertise in pushing the boundaries of creative and innovative science.

Erik Bonino, Chairman Shell UK, said: “Make the Future is a four-day celebration of innovation and the power of great engineering. Our schools challenge is about students getting involved in the energy conversation and offering up their bright ideas. We want to inspire young people about the positive role they can play in society and to encourage them to become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.”