Last Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017

College Soap Box Derby

North Lindsey College Motor Vehicle department has held its first-ever Soap Box Derby.

Soap box cars are homemade vehicles that use only gravity to move and can be made out of a variety of materials including plywood, wheels, fiberglass frames and ball bearing hubs, a steering system and good breaks are also important features to be considered.

Twenty-two soap boxes competed in the Derby that was held on the College campus on a course of approximately 364m long.  The rules state that if one of the soap boxes run out of steam on the flat alongside the ‘hump’ they can be pushed by only the driver.

William Grice (18) Level 2 Fast Fit and former Huntcliff School pupil spoke of his team victory, “We were really chuffed we won the Soapbox derby.  My role was to push the driver to get the best speeds possible.  We received the overall trophy winner and also the fastest time.”

The competition was open to Motor Vehicle students who had six weeks to work on the project with the opportunity to compete in the race and take home the winning cup. Prizes were awarded for best design, fastest design and furthest travelled.

Ian Rushworth (Learning Facilitator, Transport Studies) helped organise the event. “Today exceeded our expectations, it went really well.  The weather stayed dry and the carts all went well.  It was a really good project for students especially the team building.  We would love to do this again next year and maybe even compete with Doncaster College.”

Employability skills were incorporated into the challenge which included an element of research and design, welding, functional skills, health and safety, joinery skills, grinding, steering, brakes, team working and communication.

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