DUEM outreach visits Ings Farm Primary School

On 2nd March 2020 the DUEM Outreach team visited Ings Farm Primary School to help with the ‘If I were an Engineer…’ project for the second year running in local primary schools. The project focuses on getting students to think like an engineer, by identifying problems and brainstorming ideas to tackle the issues. Throughout the week, the students then develop their solutions further before writing a letter alongside the design persuading engineers to choose and build their design. Last year the DUEM Outreach team helped 35 Kingsley primary school students display their work in a public exhibition, with one of the students going on to win the regional competition for her year group, and we are sure that Ings Farm can do just as well, if not better!

On the day, the Durham University engineers gave an assembly in the morning to the entire school explaining what engineering actually is, and their journey through primary and secondary school to becoming an engineering student. After giving some examples of everyday problems and possible solutions, the team then showed the students a video of the Durham University Solar Car, which has been built as a solution to the current global problem of climate change.

Having engaged with all 360 students at Ings Farm Primary School throughout the day, it was great to hear the fantastic ideas that the students had, with many of them very excited to hear the engineering students’ feedback to their design! In addition, many of the students were choosing to design sustainable solutions to tackle climate change and global warming, such as devices to recycle litter from oceans and with students considering global problems at such a young age, this makes us feel very positive for the future!

The Outreach team thoroughly enjoyed the day and it sounds like the students did too, with Ings Farm saying the following about the day:

We feel very privileged to have had two representatives from DUEM visit us on Monday and talk to the children about their chosen areas of engineering. Over 360 children from Y1 to Y6 had the opportunity to chat to the students and share their ideas for the competition question ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ The children came away from the assembly and the class sessions truly inspired and buzzing with ideas. Thank you so much for engaging and inspiring our children. I’m looking forward to seeing their competition entries over the next week or so. Please return to us in the future!

DUEM returns to the Schools’ Science Festival

Between the 2nd and 4th April, the DUEM Outreach team took part in the Schools’ Science Festival hosted at Durham University, an event attended by 780 pupils in years 9-10 from 27 schools across the local area, where they learnt what science is really used for in the real world. The aim of the event is to encourage wider participation in STEM subjects and hopefully inspire the next wave of scientists, so to get the young minds working, the team set the task of designing a solar plane to the pupils; and the responses were as creative as they were exceptional!

Not only are the Outreach team very thankful for being able to participate in the festival for the second year running, but the students also really enjoyed the solar activity, with many saying they liked the ‘interactive’ and ‘hands-on’ nature of the activities, and some describing the activity as their ‘best session’!

DUEM at Kingsley Primary School

On the 22nd of March 2019, the DUEM outreach team and Head of Electrical visited Kingsley Primary School in Hartlepool to talk to students about the solar car and what it’s like to be an engineer. The pupils had been taking part in a week-long project titled ‘If I were an engineer’ where they had to come up with unique and ingenious solutions to everyday problems. The team kicked off the final day of this project by giving a talk to KS1 and KS2 students about the work they’ve been doing on the car, as well as other examples of solar power such as the Solar Impulse plane. The rest of the day was spent working through the various inventions that the 500 pupils had come up with, answering questions, and suggesting how their designs could implement more renewable power sources.

Kingsley Primary School were very grateful for the opportunity and said the following:
‘On behalf of all the children and staff at Kingsley, I would like to say a huge thank you to the DUEM outreach team for supporting our recent STEM project. The children (and teachers) were amazed by their work on the solar car and were very excited at having the opportunity to speak to the team in their classroom, where they could find out more about their work and seek support the with their own designs. The whole week was a success and, thanks to the team, I think we have some budding engineers in our midst!’

DUEM at EcoFest

The DUEM team recently presented their current solar car, DUSC, at the local event EcoFest, hosted at St. John’s Church in Neville’s Cross, Durham on 10th June. The festival was marking its 10th anniversary and the theme of the day was energy. Despite the rainy weather attempting to spoil the day, the event was a huge success with hundreds of locals spanning all ages attending the event. The interest in the solar car was humbling and incredibly diverse, ranging from parents and grandparents who were interested in the science of the car, many of whom had heard about the solar car on local news channels, to children who couldn’t wait to hop inside the cockpit and feel what it’s like to drive the car. Having received positive feedback from the organisers about our attendance at the event, we will certainly be looking to return next year!

DUEM at STEMfest

After gratefully accepting the offer to participate in the all-girls STEMfest event, organised by Stanley Black and Decker, in partnership with Greenlight for Girls and held at UTC South Durham on 11th April, we were pleased to show off the car to the enthusiastic students who had actively chosen to attend the event. With many questions targeted specifically to solar power generation and the solar car itself, we happily shared our knowledge with the aim to encourage the 60 youngsters, aged between 11 and 15, to follow a STEM-based education. Feedback from the event proved that the event was hugely successful, and we look forward to participating in many future events. 

Check out this feature in the Northern Echo on this event.

DUEM at the Schools Science Festival

DUEM teamed up with the Durham University’s Science Outreach team to launch our new program at the Schools Science festival from 27th – 29th March. Over the three days, the team delivered one-hour interactive presentations to over 65 students from local schools attending the festival.  

The presentation focused on an activity based around designing and presenting a solar plane, then comparing it to the record-breaking Solar Impulse. Throughout the presentation we also demonstrated the achievements of our solar car, along with some of the places in the world the car has taken our team. The sessions were very well received with one comment saying that the ‘Solar Activity was my favourite activity’. Linda Campbell from Science Outreach said: “One comment which was repeated numerous times throughout the student feedback forms was how nice, friendly and helpful all the demonstrators and staff were”. DUEM look forward to building on success in the years ahead and continue to inspire the next generation of STEM students.

Moving forwards: COP23 and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

Having raced 3000km across Australia in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, DUEM has not been standing still. Whilst the car continues its shipping voyage from Australia back to the UK, the team have been hard at work on the new designs for 2019 as well as continuing to promote the car at world renowned locations.


You may remember that in 2016, the team took the car to Marrakech for the UN Climate Summit (COP22) and Formula E-Prix. This was an incredible opportunity from the team to promote the project in front of world leaders, CEOs and world press. To attend the UN Climate Summit once was incredible but DUEM were delighted to attend this prestigious event once more this year at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.


The team once again were amongst world leaders, businesses, press and attendees to the conference from around the world. This time, we were honoured to sign a major agreement within the UN summit itself. We are now an official founding member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. This is a global alliance, promoting sustainable innovation around the world. We are honoured to be one of the solutions of this Alliance, and look forward to connecting with companies and institutions from around the world as we build the DUEM brand still further. This is something that puts us on the world stage once again. It is the next chapter in DUEM’s story.

Discovery Museum Exhibition

DUEM Exhibits at the Discovery Museum

DUEM Exhibits DUSC2011 at the Discovery Museum

Whilst the team was hard at work in Durham on upgrades to our latest solar car, DUSC, DUEM have been exhibiting their previous generation solar car, DUSC2011, to visitors at the Discovery Museum in the heart of Newcastle. The museum is a hotspot for school tours and visits, giving students from a very young age an opportunity to see our innovation up close and to ask key team members about the car, the race and all things engineering.

DUSC2011 raced across Australia in, as the name suggests, the 2011 World Solar Challenge. After qualifying 3rd, the team completed a substantial proportion of the full 3000km distance, thanks to innovations including solar collectors – parabolic mirrors focusing the sun’s energy onto thin strips of high-efficiency solar cells, enabling higher energy collection in direct sunlight. 

This is a fantastic location and opportunity for the team to showcase our technology as well as inspire students to think differently about our planet and pursue STEM-focused careers. This is just the beginning for us. Stay tuned for an exciting summer of events and updates. 

DUEM Invited to the United Nations Climate Conference COP22

DUEM are attending the UN's Climate Conference; COP22

Durham University Electric Motorsport are proud to announce that they have been invited to exhibit at the United Nations Climate Conference, COP22, in Marrakesh, Morocco from 14-15th November. As the UK’s longest running solar car team, DUEM’s heritage of world-leading solar car design, manufacture and racing has been recognised in an unparalleled way and we are delighted to be attending this conference.

This truly is the international stage and will see the signing of landmark agreements following on last year’s Paris Conference; COP21. We are proud to be showcasing our team in front of world leaders, press and thousands of delegates. Not only that, but the event itself is followed by billions – our reach continues to climb ever higher. We are thrilled to showcase the support of our sponsors at the event & bring a new element to our partnerships. We also look forward to signing new agreements at the show & will keep you informed.

We will be representing British engineering and innovation in sustainability on the global stage. Our mission has always been to showcase the very latest technology, to educate the public about climate change and to inspire the next generation; we are taking this to the next level through our exhibition at COP22.

This is going to change everything, all over again.

Science Museum 2016

DUEM's Solar Car at the Science MuseumOur Solar Car at the Science Museum

We know our solar car has the power to inspire millions around the world. Having taken the car to numerous school around the UK in recent years, we wanted a central location to attract the public and, particularly, schoolkids from around the world to showcase our technology. We had a fantastic event, exhibiting at the Museum’s Antenna Live event from 26-28th July. Many thousands came to see us and it was the perfect event to inspire young and old about our project and let them know about our exciting future ambitions. Oh & with it being such a tourist hotspot, it tested our language skills very well indeed!