The first official race of the Greenpower Iberia technology competition, organized by the UPCT School of Industrial Engineering, was the closest thing to a professional Formula 1 competition. The teams, made up of young people between 11 and 18, had to perform a technical presentation of their prototypes, pass the technical inspection of their vehicles and compete against other equipment in the Cartagena Speed â€‹â€‹Circuit.
The first prize of the race was taken by the team of the Official College of Industrial Technical Engineers of the Region of Murcia (COITIRM);
the second was for the Gaztelueta school, from the Basque Country, while the third was taken by the IES Miguel de Cervantes.
In addition, the jury presented prizes for the best technical presentation of the equipment and the vehicle.
On this occasion, the first prize went to the Santa Maria de La Paz school;
the second, for the IES Mediterráneo and the third, for the IES Miguel de Cervantes.
Finally, the 'spirit of the Greenpower' was recognized, which fell to the COITIRM, the recognition for the best car at the engineering level was for the IES Miguel de Cervantes, the most sustainable body was for the Gaztelueta school, the prize for the best body was taken by the IES Polytechnic and the best presentation of the team fell to the teams of the COIIRM / AYS Education Center and the IES Los Molinos.
The Greenpower is an international program that includes different competitions every year in different places around the world.
At present it has spread to the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Poland, China, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Brazil etc.
Within Spain, it only exists for now in the Basque Country, Navarra and the Murcia Region, and is beginning to expand to other autonomous communities.
Specifically, the Greenpower Iberia South-East is an official competition whose official organizer is the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering (ETSII) of the UPCT, with the authorization of Greenpower Iberia and Greenpower International.
This is a competition that every year will include a series of technical workshops, training days and official careers for schools and institutes throughout the Region of Murcia and in the Southeast of Spain, as well as the rest of the world.
The director of the School of Industrial Engineering of the UPCT, Patricio Franco, has highlighted the "excellent work that young people have done" who participated in the competition and ensures that it was a great celebration of Engineering, in general, and of Industrial Engineering, in particular, because the vehicles that young people had to develop included aspects taught at the UPCT School of Industrialists at an electrical, mechanical, electronic and team management level.
"The teams have been very involved in the entire competition and the race was developed in an exemplary way. They have worked on their prototypes with great dedication, desire, speed and urgency and in the pits the teams have worked as authentic Formula 1 teams," he acknowledges. Franco, Franco acknowledges, which also highlights the enormous interest that this competition has aroused in schools, with boys and girls in charge of both the design of the prototype and to act as pilots, which serves to arouse their vocation for industrial engineering.
The jury of the competition has been made up of Greenpower Iberia staff, teachers of the School of Industrialists and students of the UPCT Student Formula team.
In this first edition the categories F24 and F24 + have been covered, which correspond to students aged 11 to 18 years and over 16 years respectively, while in the 2020 edition it is intended to add the Goblin category, aimed at children of 9 to 11 years, to be able to awaken in them from a very young age the passion for industrial engineering.
The objective for the next edition, advances Patricio Franco, is to make at least two races in the Region, one in urban circuit and another in speed circuit.