GC tries to educate its students about the various types of job possibilities that exist in science and technology. The possibilities are in fact numerous but too few students choose this study direction. Students often mistakenly think that those jobs are boring and dirty, and that they are poorly paid. But these jobs are often challenging, "clean “and well paid. Besides which, these jobs offer great job security nowadays.
Since the start of 2000 there is a partnership named jet-net (youth and technology network) among the big Dutch industries, the ministry for Education and participating high schools (among which GC).The aim is to give extra insight into science and technology by means of
informative talks at schools from companies, student visits to companies, workshops during
career days and by participating in a special project: The Shell Eco-marathon.
There are equivalent SEM projects in America, Asia and Europe. The challenge to universities, colleges and high schools is: build a vehicle that is as clean and economical as possible. This is tested by measuring how many kilometers the vehicle does on 1 liter of fuel. Several teams from the Netherlands will participate in 2013 along with a total of over 220 teams from 20 European countries. The finals will be held for the 29th time in May 2013 and just like last year, this will be in Rotterdam(NL) near Ahoy.
In 2013, GC will be participating for the 5th time with the vehicle Proxima driving on GTL-diesel (clean diesel made from natural gas (see picture on the right) ). Last year we managed to drive 168km on 1 liter fuel. This year our goal will be to drive 200 km on 1 liter fuel. We are planning to achieve this by making certain adjustments, for example: reducing the vehicle’s mass, adjusting the engine, improving the reliability of the brakes and arranging for the driver to sit lower in the vehicle.
See you in Rotterdam in May 2013!!!!!