Just over a week ago, the Greenpower Education Trust held their annual Goblin racing event of 2016 at Seaford College. The Goblin initiative allows children aged 9-11 to build and race their own all-electric cars.
The event attracted 23 entries from primary schools across Sussex and Hampshire and was staged on Seaford’s tennis courts. Several Seaford pupils have been involved in the making of the cars, but on the day the Seaford racing team consisted of Louis Benstead in Year 4, Joshua Rhymer, James Shaw, Joshua Taylor and Sebastian Viccari, in Year 6.
In the morning, the cars had to navigate a slalom track and compete in a drag race. After lunch, the real racing began in the sprint races. 8 heats were contested by 3 different teams, with the winner qualifying for the semi-finals.
Seaford College came 3rd in the Slalom, with James Shaw (Year 6) taking the prize. And in the Sprint Race, James Shaw and Sebastian Viccari won their heat to qualify for the Semi-Final. Their Semi Final was the tightest race of the day, with Seaford level until the first corner, where they lost position to the car on the inside. They were held off right through the race, but pushed right until the end.
Newick CofE School were the overrall winners of the day, winning the Slalom Race, the Drag Race, and coming second in the sprint race. Funtington won the Sprint Race. Additional awards were presented to Rose Hill School (Best Presented Team) Four Marks CofE (Best Bodywork), Boxgrove Primary (Greenest Bodywork), St Mary’s Clymping (Spirit of Greenpower) and St Paul’s School (Portfolio Award)
Amanda Barrett, Project Manager at Greenpower Education Trust enthused, “I was delighted by the amazing support from our local IET Formula Goblin teams who gave the event a really positive community feel. This has allowed us to run a hugely successful event which has ignited a passion in the hundreds of participants for STEM (Science, Teachnology, Engineering and Maths) related careers later on in life.”
“The racing was extremely close between all teams. It’s clear to see that the pupils and teachers have fully immersed themselves into the project. Thanks are also due to Seaford College for providing us with a brilliant venue for the event, and for getting so involved in this important community event. We really are looking forward to returning for next year’s event, with even more primary schools from the area involved.”
Local primary schools who participated included Harlands Primary School, Four Marks, Rose Hill School, Pennthorpe, Funtington Primary School, St Pauls School, Chichester Free School, St Mary’s CofE Clymping, and Boxgrove.