Pupil’s Race Self-Built Go-Karts at Wittering
Wednesday 4th November saw pupils from Stamford Junior School finally race their hand-made Go-Karts against other local schools as the lights went green in the Goblin Karting event held at RAF Wittering.
The pupils have been building and personalising their own Go-Karts since the beginning of this term as part of Greenpower’s IET Goblin Karting initiative. The project aims to inspire children aged between 9-11 to take an interest in engineering in a fun and engaging way. Two karts are sent to each schools flat-packed, and pupils must then build their karts and develop their own personalised panels for them. Teams are then marked in terms of outright speed and on their kart’s design.
The week’s bad weather had cast doubt on the event but thankfully a break in the rain allowed the racing to take place. Competing teams were SJS, St Gilberts, Malcom Sargent and St Agustines primary schools. They first competed against each other in a series of drag races before each kart took on a three lap time trial on a track specially designed for the event. Although unfortunately SJS didn’t not finish on the podium for either of these two events, they did win the ‘Best Kart Design’ award for Kart 2, and also tied for first place for having the best portfolio.
Year six class teacher, Ellie Quare said; “The Greenpower Project has been an invaluable learning experience for the pupils. They have found out more about engineering as well as teamwork, responsibility and project management. Their energy and enthusiasm carried them through even when problems arose. They loved every minute and are now keen to act as advisors to the next group of pupils who will undertake the project.”