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Primary School Students Turn Engineers

A North East primary school is helping their pupils unlock their potential through the excitement of motorsport.

The children of Northburn Primary School turned engineers and innovators following their success in a national design competition.  Year 5 children from Northburn, Primary School were one of only eight in the country to win a Goblin G2 car kit, sponsored by the Advance Propulsion Centre. 

The UK based charity, Greenpower Education Trust, supplies all participating schools age-appropriate kit- cars, which are built by the pupils. This aims to harness the excitement of motorsport to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

The Goblin kit includes everything needed to have an entire working car. Northburn Primary needed only to supply tools - along with a team of children, parents and staff, to work together to bring the electric car to life!

Jill Haxby-Nicholson, a teacher at the school, said: “We were keen to get the children involved in this area of STEM. We found that it has been beneficial to the quieter individuals, both boys and girls, as they have found skills in leadership within the actual build.

“It has been even more beneficial to have parents, work alongside the children and be able to offer them help, support and insight into career areas involved in engineering. 

“The children have learnt so many new skills. It was brilliant to see the winning design then take further shape before being sent off to Newcastle University.

“We can’t wait for race day at Croft where there will be further learning opportunities for the children, staff and parents.”

Education Relationship Manager, Jen Lee, STEM Hub, added: “It was fantastic for our team to be invited to the day of building the car. To see the children really engaging with the design and build, using leadership skills, and of course to see the final product was truly inspiring.”

Once designed and built, there is a regional heat at Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire.

This is open to all teams, from anywhere in the country, where the fastest car wins!

RTC North currently holds the STEM Ambassador Hub contract for the North East of England. This enables young people to develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills, widens their choice and supports the UK’s future competitiveness.


May 10, 2018

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