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Our young engineers race their green powered car at local tournament - 20/07/2018

On 20 June 2018, young engineers from University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) visited Seighford race track in Staffordshire to compete for a place in the finals of the green-power racing tournament.

The children prepared their green powered race car for scrutineering and for set race events. They competed in drag races, slalom, and timed circuit events against approximately 40 other schools.

The pupils managed to make it successfully to the Semi-Finals but experienced a failed motor during the race which prevented a place in the final tournament.

The aim of the project is to give the children the chance to experience hands on maths and science through engineering a battery powered car. The children have been able to learn about construction, fabrication and electrical engineering.

Mr McCue, Class Teacher said: “The children have learned so much this year through a combination of planning, testing and improving. They have pushed their thinking and practical skills far beyond what they realised they were capable of. For them to make the semi-finals at their first attempt is excellent, and to be beaten by teams from Bentley Motors and the regional private schools is testament to how much progress they have made. Who knows, if the motor hadn’t failed in the semi-final race we may well have taken some silverware! It was very encouraging to have support from our local community from the transport we received from Mr J.Leese, the use of the high school workshops, and the overalls supplied by the PTFA. The whole project was a major community success.”

Kyle, Year 6 student and Team Captain: “We have learned so much and have made something we feel very proud of. We would have liked to have won. I hope the primary school do this next year so that we can help them when we are in year 7.”