Ifield Community College and Ardingly College have won the Times Educational Supplement Science, Technology and Engineering Team of the Year.
Lead judge Jo Foster said that the project was “absolutely exemplary”. She added:
“From success in international racing events to effective outreach to other schools both at home and abroad, this project goes the extra mile.
Ardingly Ifield Solar has been running for nearly a decade educating hundreds of students in sustainable mobility technologies by designing, building, and racing solar powered cars.
It is a true collaboration between Ifield Community & Ardingly Colleges. In addition, the project works closely with 33 companies and three universities bringing the latest technologies right into the classroom.
The team’s accolades include driving the solar powered car they made 3000km across Australia, outperforming Cambridge and Stanford universities in the Bridgestone World Challenge; and racing in France and Belgium in Solar endurance races and being awarded a special ‘Spirit of Albi’ trophy whilst there.
The team were planning on raising awareness of sustainable transport nationally by travelling the length of the UK, but this has been postponed until August 2021 due to current Covid-19 restrictions. This has not stopped the team, who continue to meet twice a week virtually, and are planning their next project: a flat pack solar powered vehicle(a replacement Tuk Tuk).
Miss Sumpter, teacher at Ifield Community College says:
‘I am so happy the team has been recognised for their enthusiasm and dedication to STEM. It is a pleasure to be part of this project, and I am immensely proud of everyone involved. I hope the impact of this project will continue to influence STEM careers.’
For more information on their project, please visit their website: https://www.ardinglysolar.com
Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society
Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.
The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.
Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:
“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.
“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.
“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.
“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”
The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/
To donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ccg2021