Goblin car project

Three… two… one… and they’re off!

RWG Administrator2017, Featured

We are delighted to be working with two local primary schools in Aberdeen as part of the IET Formula Goblin project.

This is an exciting community project for young people, delivered by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and supported by Siemens and the Greenpower Education Trust.

It’s aimed at children aged 9-11 years old, and is all about inspiring them to take an interest in engineering in a way that’s fun, innovative and hands-on.

Working in teams, they have to build their very own functioning and drivable electric car.

And members of the RWG team have been rolling up their sleeves and helping the kids out.

Gary Morton, RWG marine business operations manager said, “Each team gets a flat-packed kit with step-by-step instructions that are easy to understand to guide them through the build process. This introduces the children to the basics of mechanics and when their cars are completed, they can then go on to race them in IET events held around the UK.”

The build can be integrated into the schools’ curriculum to put the spotlight on key areas such as friction, electricity, materials, maths and design technology – and at the same time it’s an enjoyable and hands-on activity for children to be part of.

The Formula Goblin project has been running for a number of years, and RWG has been involved with it previously.

Gary continued, “For RWG, it’s a fantastic way for us to get involved with our local community and share some of our engineering know-how and experience. The kids we work with are always so enthusiastic, whether that’s learning how to use hand tools safely, constructing the cars, or taking part in a Formula Goblin race. One of the teams we helped out actually came joint first in a slalom race held locally a couple of years ago, and we’re excited to see what our current teams can achieve.”