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15 June 2016 | College News, Engineering, Automotive & Marine

Goblin Kit Car - students from Hyde Park School

A group of budding mechanics from Hyde Park School have teamed up with City College to build their own Goblin kit car.

The two competing teams, Whizzing Wasps and The Blue Ladies, each built a kit car and the hope is that they can be used to compete in various events across the country. Building the electric kit cars has introduced these young automotive enthusiasts to basic mechanics.

The kit cars, donated by Vospers Renault, have been constructed as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Formula Goblin Project which aims to inspire young people aged nine to eleven with engineering subjects in a fun and innovative way.

Phil Royale, Renault New Sales Manager, said:  “Vospers Renault were delighted to provide Hyde Park School and City College Plymouth with the electric Goblin kit car. As one of the first suppliers in the South West of electric cars, Vospers Renault is at the forefront of electric automotive technology. It is wonderful to see the younger generation getting hands-on experience and showing enthusiasm for the future of this industry. We look forward to watching the project unfold and being a part of this exciting initiative.”

College lecturer, Al Cook, said: “Projects like this are invaluable. They give our students the opportunity to use their practical vocational skills while gaining employability skills. For instance, communication – the College students needed to explain their technical expertise to much younger pupils. They have also used their own initiative when faced with real problems on the project. This all helps to give our students a real head-start in their career.

“The Goblin project has also strengthened our community links with local schools, while hopefully capturing the imagination of young children and inspiring future engineers!”

Laura Parry, Sustainability Officer, said: “City College is always looking for exciting and inventive ways to embed sustainability into the curriculum. For over ten years the College has been working hard to reduce their impact on the environment, save valuable resources and educate our students on the importance of sustainability and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“Having recently installed an electric charge point at the College to support electric vehicles in Plymouth, we hope this inspirational community project will open many young people’s minds to the fascinating world of sustainable engineering and technology”.

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