Lincolnshire schools experience life in the fast lane

On Wednesday 10th January 2018, local Schools from Lincolnshire took part in a Go Karting competition held at the Engine Shed.

The competition was a legacy event funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), following the previous success of the SPARK! Engineering Festival in 2017 which saw local engineering firms, industry professionals and budding engineers of all ages join in Lincoln Cathedral to celebrate engineering.

With help from Dr Colin Dowding, the group of 19 school children both from The Priory Academy LSST and Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School were set with the task of building their own Go Kart using limited materials. Professional support engineers from Siemens Teal Park and Main Works facilities alongside more from NMB Minebea (UK) Ltd provided assistance in building the vehicles.

Students from The Priory Academy LSST built and raced two karts, and went on to win the competition with the fastest time. The kart built and raced by Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School came a very close second to being the fastest team to race the drag strip.

Dr Dowding said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support and effort. We hope the competition will become a frequent event at the University of Lincoln. It’s a zero cost activity for secondary schools to participate in and not only a great way for school children to engage with engineering professionals, but an opportunity for professional development in engineers- enhancing communication skills, capacity for lateral thinking and team ethics.”

The School of Engineering, University of Lincoln would like to thank the Royal Academy of Engineering, Callum Sampson, Cameron Marshall, Luke Sheldon, Michael First and Jeremy Hunt of Siemens and the six School of Engineering students for their support and hard work.

Special thanks go to the following companies, who provided professional help:

  • NMB Minebea (UK) Ltd
  • Siemens Teal Park
  • Siemens Main Works
  • J A Harvey (Bassingham) Ltd
  • MTAG Composites
  • Oakwell Management Systems
  • Rapstrap
  • Lincoln College

Find out more about the School of Engineering online.