Pupils keen to design their own eco-friendly cars.

Pupils keen to design their own eco-friendly cars.
Year 6 pupils at Harlescott Junior School in Shrewsbury are studying their environment, how it is affected by human activities and how it can be protected. It is very important for the youngest generation to understand the issues and remind us all of our duties to protect their inheritance. As an addition to their studies they are taking part in an art competition run by Toyota to draw their ‘Dream car’.

Schools up and down the country have been invited to participate in the competition and Greenhous Toyota in Shrewsbury chose Harlescott Junior as its representative. The winning entries of the overall competition will win a trip of a lifetime to Japan to view the Toyota design and manufacturing base, as well as many sights and activities. There are also ipads as prizes.

Martin James, PR and Communication Executive for Greenhous, took along a Toyota Yaris hybrid car for the pupils to look at and he was impressed with the range of questions raised by the children. “The car certainly proved a topic of conversation”, said Martin, “with the hybrid petrol and electric motor combination especially of interest. The children recognised the need to reduce exhaust emissions that damage the environment. The pupils gave the car a close inspection and I discussed the benefits of electric motors and the special design features that modern cars possess with them. That included fingerprint security, automatic safe distance braking and park assist.”

The pupils are enjoying creating art work in their environmental studies and the design of a ‘Dream car’ helps to focus their minds on what features a car of the future might have. Safety, fuel economy and comfort are sure to be important factors as well as more imaginative use of materials to construct the car and gadgets to improve the driving experience, though hopefully they will keep their eyes on the road!

Pictured are pupils (left to right) Bradley Griffiths, Sasha Price (in the car), Amber Mercer and Kian Baylis.