SU-IASL Graduates & Docendo Racing!

Seven students graduated from SU-IASL Student STEM Chapter, Belfast.   Congratulation Students!

Principal Dr A. Heaslett (red gown) and guest speaker, Dr. Peter Hamill (far right) were in attendance.  Remaining students are set to have their ceremony in September to receive their certificates. 

SU-IASL graduates



Student teachers have discovered a unique and exciting way to introduce school pupils to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  ‘Docendo Racing’ is a motor sport inspired STEM initiative from students of Stranmillis University College. Head of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Stranmillis, Dr Irene Bell, reports:

‘Using an education programme where children design, build and race single seat electric vehicles as inspiration, the Docendo Racing team have been assisting teachers in local schools to explore topics such as road safety, materials, electric circuits, gears and ratios.  Students produced innovative teaching materials for pupils aged 9 to 11 years, and led practical sessions to show the relevance of STEM subjects using a kit car. Pupils raced their kit car at an all-island race festival on Saturday 11th June at Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit. The Stranmillis students were thrilled to receive the ‘Greenpower Cross Community Award’ for this work.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Formula Goblin, IET Formula 24 and IET Formula 24+ encourage primary school pupils to build kit cars using simple tools, and this leads on to pupils using cutting edge computer aided design software, materials and building techniques in post-primary school, college and university to build their own highly efficient electric cars.

With their exams completed, the Docendo Racing team turned their attention to finishing the efforts of their own racing team which they established last year. The students built their own single seat electric car to compete in the IET Formula 24+ competition against other colleges and universities and gained 1st place.

Student teacher Anthony McGill said: “competing in the university category, IET Formula 24+, is an opportunity to use what we have learned in running educational outreach projects, to develop skills in further resourcing our support for schools, and in doing so, developing our technical capabilities in a highly charged, fast paced, and competitive environment.”

Stuart Christy, Regional Ambassador for Greenpower in Northern Ireland and Ireland added: “The Docendo Racing team will compete against international teams, including household names like Jaguar Land Rover and Lockheed Martin. They have displayed exceptional and selfless leadership in STEM education, having established new programmes and provided support to schools, all in their spare time. We are grateful to the team, and excited to see what they will innovate next.”’

SU-IASL Docendo Racing