Our Kit car is off to Silverstone!
On Wednesday 25th September, five of our pupils had the moment of truth when they took their Kit Car to its first race at Aintree. Pupils have been involved in a STEM initiative which has seen them design and build a racing car from scratch over several months. Pupils have been supported throughout this stage by members of the both the teaching and associate staff and this week were able to see whether or not their electric, single seater racing car was fit for the track!
The car, along with five of our pupils and staff visited Aintree to compete in the first round of the IET Formula Challenge. Greenpower’s IET Formula 24 category competition has a proven track record in engaging 11-16 year olds with Science, Technology and Engineering . Getting involved with the challenge has given our pupils an eye-opening experience into engineering and design and enabled them to put their skills into practice. During the day, they competed against other schools in two races and were pleased that their car was able to hold its own around the course. Other schools have been involved in the process in previous years, however this was the first time for our pupils. One pupil said, “This has been such a good learning experience! It helped our communication and teamwork skills and we’re looking forward to improving our car so that it is race-fit for Silverstone in 3 weeks!”
Our pupils are now seeking local sponsorship to enable them to improve their car before they get to Silverstone. If you are interested in supporting our pupils with this, then please do get in touch via our school enquiries email. We wish our pupils the very best in the race!