Frampton school's electric racing team thunders on to the track

July 29 2019
Frampton school's electric racing team thunders on to the track

A SCHOOL engineering club has won two awards to finish its first year in style.

Children at Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School designed and built a Greenpower Goblin electric car, which they raced at Renishaw New Mills, in Wotton-under-Edge, against other cars from schools around the region.

The team of 12 pupils from Year 6 pupils worked all year on the car, which they named Frampton Thunder.

With minimal adults assistance they built and tested the kit car, then designed and built the bodywork, which is made mainly out of recycled materials.

The youngsters also designed a logo which they incorporated into both the car and their co-ordinated team kit, produced by Initially Yours in Hambrook.

To make all of this possible they first had to write to local businesses to raise more than £1,600 in sponsorship.

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK-based charity which inspires young people around the world to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car. The Goblin electric car comes as a kit of parts, which the pupils have to assemble and then add their own custom bodywork.

Retired engineer Steve Harrison, who set up the club, said: "The pupils learned valuable skills not only in science and engineering but also design and finance. Above all, they agree that they have got better at working as a team as the year went on, and they all had great fun at the race day itself.

"The year culminated in the event at Renishaw where, against twenty other teams, Frampton Thunder won the awards for Best Presented Team and Best Portfolio. They all feel justifiably proud and have set a high bar for next year’s team!"