School engineers on right track following AJE support

Forres Academy students get kitted out with overalls from AJ Engineering.

Pupils from a school engineering club put their “home-made” battery car to the test in a racing competition and were put on the right track with support from AJ Engineering.

The Forres Academy’s Young Engineers’ 24-volt powered single seater car was pitted against hundreds of others in a mammoth race organised by the Greenpower Education Trust.

AJ Engineering supplied the overalls to the youngsters who needed them to qualify for the challenge.

Design & Technical teacher Paul Daley, who runs the after-school club and accompanied the pupils to the race at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford said he was proud of the team’s efforts.

He said: “The team have been working on the car for the best part of two years. They have built it from scratch. A lot of the teams use kits, but these guys have literally built it from the bare bones. I am very proud of the work they have put in.”

He added: “We are very grateful to AJ Engineering who have provided the overalls. To be able to enter the race, the pupils must wear overalls, gloves and full-face helmets, so getting this form of support has been a real help.

Fifteen-year-old Lewis Stevens who has worked on the car said there were a few challenges along the way: “Luckily we have overcome them, but we there have been some ups and downs. It’s been a lot of fun though.”

AJ Engineering regularly supports Forres Academy with events and workshops. It has also hosted work experience youngsters from the school.

STEM support

Graham Alexander, the firm’s general manager said he was glad AJ Engineering could get involved once again: “It’s very inspiring to see such a young group of enthusiastic engineers. We are always happy to support events and projects such as this one as these young people could be future employees one day. It’s so important to encourage and support young people, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.”

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