The Goblin initiative aims to inspire children ages 9–11 years old to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way, by building and racing their own all-electric car.
The IET Formula Goblin category is the Trust’s junior challenge and the Goblin sustainably-powered single-seater cars are supplied in kit form to participating schools, with all the parts, along with a step by step manual. Over 300 people attended the event with participation from Dorset House, Fishbourne C of E Primary School, Funtington Primary, Walberton and Binstead C of E School and Harlands Primary School in West Sussex. Rose Hill School in Kent took part along with Alton Convent School and Four Marks C of E Primary School from Hampshire.
The teams were a close match throughout the slalom, drag race and sprint events: Walberton and Binstead Primary School taking away four trophies between their two cars and Boxgrove winning first place in the drag race. There was lots of competition for the Portfolio Award, with lots of the teams handing in fantastic portfolios displaying all of the work they had put into building their cars and using them up until the race day.
Funtington Primary School was the overall winner: a well-deserved first event win after competing in their car for the third time in 2015. Seaford College won the Spirit of Greenpower award, which was met with a big round of applause from the very appreciative teams.
James Shaw from Seaford College Prep School said: “I really enjoy the Greenpower after school club at Seaford and really enjoy building and racing the cars.”
Greenpower Education Trust chief executive, Jeremy Way, said: “Our main aim via the charity is to help the next generation of British engineers develop their technological know-how in a fun and competitive environment.”
The Greenpower Education trust charity was established in 1999 to encourage youngsters to follow careers in sustainable engineering and technology. More than 500 schools in the UK participate in Greenpower and its international appeal is increasing, with new initiatives starting in South Africa, Poland and Portugal.
John Green, Headmaster at Seaford College said: “We are delighted to host all of these schools at Seaford and to be part of such an important event. It is great to see the potential engineers of the future enjoying racing the cars that they have built. Every school has a dedicated team of teachers and volunteers that help make these events come alive. I have just loved hearing the children cheering their school teams on and watching the concentration on the children’s faces as they race around the track.”