Y6 IET Formula Goblin project
Our Mowden year 6 children were lucky enough to be part of the IET Formula Goblin project. The aim of this project is to inspire children to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. The project enables children to build their very own functioning and drivable electric car.
Funding was received for the project through the Cleveland Scientific Institute (CSI), Cummins and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (I Mech E) in order to purchase the kit and other items required for the build, including racing overalls and crash helmets! The kit came flat packed with easy, understandable step-by-step instructions that guided the children through the build. Engineers from Cummins, and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, came each week to help the children put the car together. The build introduced the children to the basics of mechanics.
Once the car was completed all the year 6 children had an opportunity to test drive it. There was so much excitement and the children loved driving the car at high speed around the track. A team, of 13 children, was then chosen to drive the car in some races at the Nissan test drive track in Washington.
The race day consisted of 3 events- Drag, Slalom and a sprint race along the 1 mile Nissan track. The Drag race was a short sprint race, while the Slalom race involved weaving through some cones at high speed and then parking the car in a ‘garage’ without hitting any cones.
Mowden did very well coming third overall. We also won the prize for the best bodywork. Overall, it was an excellent project which the Y6 children enjoyed very much and gave them some idea of what it might be like to become an engineer in the future.