SCHOOLS and colleges are being invited to get involved with an exciting University of Bolton motorsport project to learn hands-on about engineering.

Bolton has teamed up with Purdue University, the United States’ number one for motorsport, to launch the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix initiative in the UK.

It will be held on Thursday October 18 and is aimed at inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.

The EV Grand Prix activity enables students in years 10, 11 and 12 to engage in design, build and test projects and is an enjoyable way of learning how mathematics and science is applied to engineering.

It will take place at the state-of-the-art National Centre for Motorsport Engineering building at the University of Bolton.

Prof James Caruthers, the Gerald and Sarah Skidmore Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn about science.

“Learning through this exciting programme will lead to new career opportunities.”

Admission to the presentation is free.

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At 5pm on the same day, also at the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, there will be a masterclass delivered by internationally-renowned aerodynamics expert Professor Willem Toet and his former student Dr Kathryn Richards, who has been with Mercedes-Benz for 12 years, having help the team win four F1 World Championships.

The seminar is aimed especially at students in years 10, 11 and 12, but open to all people who are curious about how maths and physics is applied to reduce drag forces and increase performance.

It is ideal for those reading GCSEs and A-levels in physics or mathematics or those reading engineering at pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prof Toet has helped to design race-winning F1 and now gives guest lectures in aerodynamics.

He says that it is important that students “get their hands dirty and learn about the practicalities of building and running a car".

Visit to register for free admission.