Greenpower car build week 8

We finally got to attach the rear axle to the car after Mr Sambrook’s mishap last week with the wheel bearings. A special thanks to George the caretaker for helping us out.

It was quite complicated because the rear axle is where the power is delivered to drive our car.

The drive belt fits around a pulley and leads to the motor.

The wheels will be fitted to the end of the rear axle soon. First we will have to assemble the all important braking system.

Year 3 tree planting in the park

South Park Year 3 classes visited Knox fields on Tuesday this week.

Prior to our visit, we made masks and hats which were decorated with autumn leaves.

We each helped to plant a May tree by adding soil around the base of it.

On sports day in July, we will get to see how much the tree has grown!

Greenpower car build week 7

This week we worked on preparing the mounts for the rear axle. We bolted on the parts that will allow us to fix the rear wheels to the chassis.

We started to assemble the toothed drive pulley that will send power to the rear wheels. It uses a rubber toothed drive belt to transfer the rotation of the motor to power the wheels.

We also assembled the car seat from various parts. We needed 34 allen bolts and nuts together with 68 small washers. It was a very fiddly job as you can see.

We are making sure we are recording our progress every week.

Thank you Tesco shoppers!

We are delighted to announce that South Park Primary School has bagged second place in the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme. This means we will receive £2000 to help fund our Greenpower electric car project well into the future.

Thank you so much to all the parents and friends who voted in store to support our children taking part in this exciting experience. We couldn’t do this without you!

Greenpower car build week 6

This week we split our team, creating two smaller groups. We can now build the car on two days each week as we have lots of work to do.

We have completed the steering mechanism on the car now, and bolted on the front axles ready for the wheels.

This was very complicated and we needed to be very careful that we understood the instructions as we were assembling the many parts.

We needed to work with the car upside down so we could access the right mounting points. This meant that everything seemed a little back to front, but we successfully completed our task, and the car now has a functioning steering wheel!!