A class of 25 schoolgirls from Bendigo South East College, Australia, have been turning an old Range Rover into an electric resto-mod as part of a programme to inspire young women to take up careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Currently, the class have stripped the body from the chassis in readiness to start on the electrics and redesign the interior.
The Tech school director, Graeme Wiggins is running the programme in hopes it will inspire more young women to consider a career in STEM.
“We’re trying to create an aspiration pathway for young women who are interested in engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive careers,” Graeme says. “And the interesting thing about this group is half were already hardcore car nuts to begin with, who were already considering careers in automotive or engineering.
The car will be charged using solar power and all the money we make from renting the car will go back into community enterprise for young people to develop their ideas and start-ups,”
The classic Range Rover is expected to be completed next year and will be rented out to the community.
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In the UK, Land Rover run an education pathway called ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ which is part of a global initiative to get more young adults into STEM. The programme includes a range of activities and projects designs to spark interest in engineering, science, technology and maths.