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Team Dynamite (Hull Training & Adult Education)

Teenagers gear up for explosive debut at Hull Street Race

A group of students from Hull Training and Adult Education have been putting their mechanical skills to the test by building an electric kit car to be driven at the Greenpower Hull Street Race on Sunday 28th April.

Team Dynamite started the project in January. The hands-on initiative captures the excitement of motorsport to inspire young people, from primary school through to university, to excel in STEM subjects, helping to address the serious shortage of engineers faced by UK industry.

Aidan Dalo, 16, is using the Greenpower project to further his passion for motorsports. Since he was 13, he has raced go karts with his brother and was delighted to have the opportunity to learn more about building kit cars.

He said: “As someone studying mechanics, it’s been interesting to learn more about the mechanisms, parts and functions of an electric car through a real-life project. My go karting experience meant I had some knowledge of aerodynamics, so it was great to be able to expand this and apply it to our car.

“It’s always been my dream to work with cars and I’m aiming to secure a related apprenticeship when I leave Hull Training & Adult Education. The project has helped me improve my communication and teamwork skills. I’ve never done anything like this before, so learning how to work with others and co-ordinate a project is valuable for my next steps towards a career.”

Paul Ingledew, a vocational teacher at Access To Learning, part of Hull Training & Adult Education, is mentoring Team Dynamite.

He commented: “Hands-on, practical experience is so important, which is why Greenpower is a great project for our students. It gives them something to focus on and work towards, rather than just taking engines apart. Not only does it give them skills relating to vehicles and mechanics, but it helps with their employability.”

See Team Dynamite in action in the F24+ category at the Greenpower Hull Street Race on 28th April 2019.