Yesterday’s workshop for secondary school pupils entitled “Accelerating the Electric Vehicle Revolution”, organised by Edinburgh Napier University and hosted by Edinburgh College was a huge success. The workshop was funded by the UK and Scottish Governments under the HCI Skills Gateway scheme. Twenty-eight (28) S5 and S6 pupils from secondary schools took part in the workshop with great enthusiasm, curiosity, and excitement! Pupils arrived from Lornshill Academy, St Columba’s High School, St Margaret’s Academy, Broughton High School, Tynecastle High School, Leith Academy, Boroughmuir High School, James Gillespie’s High School, Trinity Academy, and Dunblane High School.
In the workshop, the students were asked to: Carry out experiments by learning how to create hydrogen and oxygen from water using an electrolyser and build kits; to learn how much energy an electric vehicle uses by using a trainer board to calculate which type of gradient produces the best instant fuel economy; undertake a task to determine which electric vehicle is best suited for different types of people in a number of scenarios based on their personal requirements; to use an EV simulator to demonstrate, investigate and fault-find on a simulation panel of a hybrid vehicle electrical system; to view electric vehicles; to learn critical skills for anyone working on modern vehicles with high-voltage systems; and to take part in a poster competition with fantastic prizes up for grabs.
Feedback from the pupils was very positive, with most finding the experience both educational and enjoyable and inspired them to consider a career in this area. Pupils were fully engaged in the activities and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the schools in a face-to-face environment.