More than two dozen teenage girls have just completed a four day challenge at Loughborough University to help develop sustainable communities for the future, thanks to Ford.
The program was organised with support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, and was designed to encourage the girls taking part to consider taking “STEAM” studies (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) further.
In addition to providing financial support, Ford provided an introduction to mobility, showing the “City of the Future” video and highlighting some “Last mile mobility” concepts. The girls got to attend workshops focusing on design and architecture, computer science and robotics, environmental factors, energy sources and mobility.
Attending teacher, Mr Andrew Ward, said: “The course structure works well. They were given the challenge up front and over the course of the four days have been drip feed information and been able to test and consider different options.
“Initially the girls jumped to obvious sustainable solutions, but it’s has been interesting to witness their ideas growing and see their creativity come through.”
Loughborough University’s Lisa Ambler said: “This residential program has proved a great success. The girls have been really engaged, responsible and enthusiastic. I am extremely proud of them and am looking forward to next year.”
Within their future communities, the girls imagined energy generated from electro gyms, regenerative breaking systems, solar paint and panels; eco-housing with living roofs and walls for environmental benefits and to conserve heat in the winter and cool in the summer, transport including futuristic cable car systems, mobility pods, farming drones and robots and electric bikes made out of recycled, lightweight materials.
Ford Smart Mobility manager Jonathan Scott said: “I’m amazed at what the girls have been able to achieve in such a short space of time. The presentations of their future sustainable communities are impressive. Clearly they have learnt a lot, done plenty of research and worked together as a team. It’s inspiring to see some of their creative solutions.”
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