The Glass Student Bus and Rootbox Foundation


During the official opening ceremony of the academic year recently, Executive Board member Marcel Nollen launched the stimulus programme Wij Inholland, a new ‘quality mark’ to support and celebrate enterprising and innovative students at Inholland.  The projects for the coming academic year are The Glass Student Bus (De Glazen Studentenbus)  and Rootbox Foundation (Stichting Rootbox), which will enter its Apollo vehicle in the 2013 Shell Eco Marathon in Rotterdam.

‘This certification allows Inholland to continue to grow into a valuable community, a breeding ground for initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship’, said Nollen during the official opening ceremony of the academic year at Inholland Haarlem. ‘With projects that we as Inholland can be proud of. It allows us to send a strong message: this is who we are’.

Glass Student Bus
One of the first projects allowed to use the quality mark is The Glass Student Bus, a project inspired by 3FM’s Serious Request Glass House project. In December 2011, the mobile radio studio raised nearly €7000 for the Red Cross after a non-stop 72-hour broadcast marathon in three Inholland cities. The Glass Student Bus is operated by Media and Entertainment Management students under the supervision of radio lecturer Sieb Kroeske. ‘We’ll be hitting the road again this year’, Sieb assured the audience. ‘Plus, we’ll also be making music in the bus, and in addition to The Hague, Rotterdam and Haarlem, we’ll visit Diemen, too’.

The other award-winning Wij Inholland project is the Apollo, which Inholland Delft Aeronautical Engineering students want to enter in the Shell Eco Marathon in May 2013 in Rotterdam. The Apollo is one of the Rootbox Foundation’s three projects managed by three students and lecturer Martin Kampinga. Rootbox provides students from various programmes the opportunity to work together on energy-efficient projects in a social and creative environment. One of the other energy-efficient Rootbox projects is the Anemo IV wind-powered vehicle, which the students recently entered into the 2012 international Racing Aeolus event for wind-powered vehicles in Den Helder. They earned fourth place.

The students are using Apollo to rise to Shell’s annual challenge to build a vehicle that can go the furthest on a single litre of fuel. The goal is not to break any speed records but to drive as fuel-efficiently as possible. The Inholland students are aiming to cover 2,400 kilometres on one litre of fuel in the Apollo and earn a place in the top 10. A total of 3,000 students in 200 teams are competing, including 17 from the Netherlands.

Quality mark
The aforementioned projects received the Wij Inholland quality mark because they fulfil various criteria. Specifically, the project teams are multidisciplinary, the projects show entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, and they have significant social value for the region.