University to inspire Formula One stars of the future

A group of primary pupils from Bath who are gearing up to build their own racing cars will be hoping to get some tips for success when they come face to face with the University of Bath’s Formula Student team and their racing car on Tuesday 22 June.

The Year 4 and 5 pupils will be taking part in an Extended Services project called Inspiring Engineers, organised by the South Bath Primary Cluster Extended Services Co-ordinator, Cindy Harris.

The project will give pupils the opportunity to build their own Greenpower Goblin kit car in after-school science clubs, supported by University of Bath students.

75 pupils from five schools (St Martin’s Garden, Southdown Juniors, St Andrew’s, Oldfield Park Junior School and Freshford) will spend the day at the Claverton campus to find out more about the challenge, which will start in the new academic year.

They’ll get extra inspiration from the Mechanical Engineering students who are part of the Formula Student team and are currently putting the finishing touches to their racing car. Last year the team came first in the annual international Formula Student Competition held at Silverstone.

Liz Simmons, Aimhigher and Outreach Events Co-ordinator at the University, said: “This is a really inspiring scheme that gives children the chance to get involved in a practical engineering project that’s fun and exciting.

“Team work and problem-solving are going to be very important to the success of their project, so they’ll spend some of the day working together to make junk models, paper rockets, and towers made from marshmallows and spaghetti!

The pupils will be asked to create their own team logos over the summer and will start the practical science in the autumn.

They’ll get the opportunity to race their cars at the annual Gathering of Goblins at Goodwood next year.

The teams are currently looking for local firms to sponsor their cars. For more information please contact Cindy Harris, Extended Schools Co-ordinator, South Bath Primary Cluster.

For more information on the Green Goblin scheme visit http://www.greenpower.co.uk/.

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