Frampton Cotterell school's electric car takes to the playground to beat coronavirus lockdown

March 31 2020
Frampton Cotterell school's electric car takes to the playground to beat coronavirus lockdown

PUPILS at a primary school faced a race against time to get an electric car up and running.

Members of Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School’s engineering club had been working on the car, which comes as a kit of parts which they must put together, for seven months.

They were expecting to race it against cars from other schools later this year but as the coronavirus crisis loomed they instead had to work hard to make it work before the school closed.

They completed assembling the mechanical and electrical parts on the last day before the shutdown, so they could test it out in the school playground.

Four team members were at home in isolation, but the remaining 11 did three laps of the playground, watched by a small crowd of key stage 1 pupils.

Steve Harrison is a retired engineer who started the club last year.

He said: “It was great to see a big grin through the helmet visor as each driver stopped at the finish line.”

Head teacher Pete Barnard was also there to watch.

He said: “The pupils have loved being a part of this exciting club and to see the smiles on their faces made for a priceless memory in such tough times.”


Teaching assistant Lyn Cox, who runs the club with Steve, said: “They’ve achieved a huge amount, so it’s great that they’ve been able to see the fruits of that, whether or not the planned events go ahead.”

The pupils chose to name their car the Frampton Falcon because the falcon is the fastest animal in the world.

They hope there will be time to take part in racing events against other schools and have already started designing the bodywork, which includes wings, feathers, and a beak that can be opened and shut by the driver using a foot pedal.

The project is part of an initiative by the Greenpower Education Trust, a UK-based charity which inspires young people around the world to excel in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The engineering club thanked local businesses Bisson Ltd, Cherry & White Tool Hire, Cotecs Ltd, Hallows Dental Practice, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, Sabre Jetting Services Ltd and the Alex Timpson Trust for sponsoring the project.