Scottow Greenpower Goblin Race Day 2019
On Friday 7th June, Sheringham Community Primary took two Goblin GoKarts to the annual race day at Scottow Enterprise Park. This event has continued to grow and this year saw 26 karts and over 150 children participating.
The day is a highlight of the STEM club year. Having spent many hours building the karts, testing them and producing bodywork to cover them the time had come to put them on the starting line.
Our karts looked fabulous with the groups having worked hard to create eye-catching bodywork. The Blue Team themed their kart to look like an Angler Fish, whilst the Red Team chose to create a Flaming Phoenix, (although I think we all agreed the end result looked more like and angry bird!) The race day consisted of each kart having six attempts at a drag race and six at a slalom. Time penalties were awarded for the hitting of cones - we may have bumped a few! Every child was able to get a turn in their kart and all of them gave it their absolute best shot both as drivers and push starters. The smiles on their faces as they raced to the end were priceless.
In the afternoon we took part in wheel to wheel racing with the karts competing in a three lap race. The winner from each heat progressed through to semi-finals. Finn won the draw to race for Blue Team and Meghan for Red. The races were exciting with lots of overtaking and cone dodging opportunities. Finn gave it his all, but a minor knock with a competitor caused a technical issue and as he rounded a bend he proceeded to try and plough through both safety barriers and marshalls! This not only cost the Angler Fish a tooth, but did mean the end of the race for Blue Team.
Meghan had better luck in the Flaming Phoenix (Angry Bird) . Winning the lots to get the inside lane Meghan was able to make a flying start and led her heat from start to finish getting her through to the semi-finals. Unfortunately Meghan wasn't so lucky in the draw for the semis and ended up in the outside lane. This meant there was lots to do in order to pass the competitors. Meghan tried her hardest but found it a difficult make progress and a place in the finals was not to be.
The culmination of the day was the prize giving. We did not take any prizes for the performance of the karts on the day, however, we were thrilled to have all of our hard work in producing the bodywork recognised with both teams jointly winning the Best Bodywork trophy, awesome!
It was a real pleasure to take the children to the event and I look forward to taking on the challenge again next year.
STEM club would like to thank all those who have made this event possible. To be able to get the karts ready and to the track takes lots of time and commitment from many people. Thank you to all those involved and to the families who turned up to support.
On Thursday 22nd November our Year 6 STEM club were invited once again to the Aviation Academy in Norwich for an RAF led STEM day. Activities included parachuting eggs, tower building, riveting and paper planes. The children had a wonderful times exploring their engineering and teamwork skills. All of the children were a credit to our school and a pleasure to spend the day with.