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!
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!!
We have been busy finishing building the main part of the car chassis. The chassis is the main structure or frame of the car that gives the vehicle its strength.
The most difficult part of this is making sure we use all the correct nuts, bolts and washers in the right places. We are having to learn how to use all the different tools such as spanners and socket sets.
Some of us have been thinking about what the car should look like, such as the colour and materials for the car bodywork. Here are a few ideas we have come up with.
Aayush made this model for a car design in Google Sketchup
Darlena created this car design using Paint3D
This week we started to assemble and install the steering system for our car. We are all very proud of what we have achieved so far and have learned loads of new things.
This week during our Greenpower racing team meeting, Mr Sambrook asked us to organised ourselves into groups. Each group has a different responsibility. Darlena and Minuri are in charge of all the small nuts and bolts that we need to build the car. If you need one of these they will give you the correct one.
Another group is responsible for organising the larger parts we use to assemble the car, and Zain is in charge of our tools.
We have now started bolting together the car chassis. The chassis is the framework or base for the car.
We have started to learn all about how to use our tools such as the correct spanners and the socket set.
We held our second team meeting before the half term. Our main task was to make sure all the parts we need to build the car were in the various packing boxes we received from Greenpower.
We counted hundreds of nuts, bolts, screws and washers that will be needed, and then organised them in compartments inside this box so we can find everything easily during our build.
We also counted all the much larger pieces of the car such as the chassis and frame, seat parts and other pieces we will use for steering and powering the vehicle. So many parts, and we found them all.
Our local paper – the Ilford Recorder – carried a story about our project, and reminded everyone to vote in support of our bid for funding in their local Tesco stores until the end of October.
We are all looking forward to our next meeting when we will start building our car and learning how to use all our tools.
The South Park Formula Goblin racing team held our first meeting after school today. We decided on our club rules and how we planned to build the car. We thought about the safety issues we might have using the tools and big car batteries. The children explored what was in the large packing boxes containing all the parts we need. They looked at the motor, brakes, some electrical components and a rather cool car key to turn the power on and off. We can’t wait to get constructing!