David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, visited Bexleyheath Academy in Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, on Friday morning (17 May) to meet with a group of pupils who are trying to raise funds for an exciting new project.
The Year 9 group are hoping to enter Greenpower racing events, but have to design and build their own environmentally-friendly car in order to compete. The pupils gave a presentation to Mr Evennett about their plans and discussed both the construction and project management involved. Their team will be called The Miahcats, named after their tutor and Head of Construction Rakib Miah.
Greenpower racing events are organised by the Greenpower Education Trust and aim to inspire young people to change views about engineering by encouraging links between schools, industry and the community.
Mr Evennett said “I was impressed by the dedication and excitement I saw from the pupils, which was apparent in their presentation and discussion. I believe that projects like this are vitally important in encouraging young people to work together and highlighting the importance of STEM subjects. I will be supporting the Miahcats on their quest and hope that they can make it to the grid. If you are a local engineering firm interested in sponsoring the team so that they can get this project off the ground, please do contact them via Bexleyheath Academy.”
Mr Miah said “The pupils have made me very proud. They are role models to their peers and perfect examples of what can be achieved with hard work, enthusiasm and determination. The level of commitment and professionalism shown by the students is phenomenal especially at such an early stage. If they continue this way, I am certain the pupils can all look forward to very lucrative careers ahead of them”
Whilst at the School, Mr Evennett also met with the new Principal, Carl Wakefield, and the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mark Spicknell.