On 26th June 2013, University Academy Kidsgrove students put their design, technology, engineering and maths talents to the test in a unique one-day challenge. The students were tasked with designing and constructing a battery-powered model car that was capable of moving under its own power, including wiring the battery circuit to the wheels and designing the body. Each team’s car would then be judged to see which was the best. Pictures from the event can be found in the gallery below.
Having been given this wonderful opportunity, the students were shown how science, design and technology relate to engineering in the outside world. Many of the students commented on how they enjoyed the chance to spend a day on a mini project and how they were challenged to work creatively as a team! They were all thoroughly immersed in concentration throughout the activity and the science department hope this will encourage them to consider these subjects when making future career choices.
Here are some thoughts by student who took part:
Chloe – The best part of the day was making the car because it was fun. The hardest part of today was making the circuit because it didn’t work h first time.
William – The best part of today was making the car itself because we all worked together to create something from over collective ideas. The hardest part of today was working the wire circuit because we all knew nothing about wires.
Eden – The best part of today was the presentation and competition because it was fun. The hardest part of today was making the circuit because it wasn’t going right.
Jordan – The best part of today was making the vehicle because it learned me knew ways to build cars and how to put things together and learn new tools. The hardest part of today was putting the circuit board because the wires were very difficult to put in together in the right place.
Teri-Marie – The best part of today was trying to work things out and learning new stuff because we had a hands on experience. The hardest part of today was making it work and also deciding who would speak because it was difficult to go together and no one wanted to speak.