The Blackburn’s Got Wheels project is rolling along nicely as the kart kits have arrived on campus and the team are beginning to finalise the activities for their interactive STEM workshops.
The peer-led project, involving six BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering students from the University Centre at Blackburn College, will include two EV Kart racing karts and a programme of interactive school workshops that will be based around the two karts.
Designed to encourage the next generation of STEM ambassadors within Lancashire schools, the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering students have been interviewing students from Further Education programmes at Blackburn College for inclusion within the project.
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student Bradley Mausolf said: "Working on the Blackburn's Got Wheels project has so far been a very exciting and interesting experience.
“It has helped us gain an insight into how projects will be conducted once we have started our career after graduating, with focus on managing a team, budgetary responsibilities and time management.”
The students have begun to build the racing karts and plan to unveil the vehicles at the STEM Inspiration day for Year 8 pupils, on the 19th April 2018.
Thomas Williams, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student and project manager said: “I'm very excited to get the project moving and see how far we can take it.
“It's great to see how much enthusiasm the students already have for being part of this project and we are all looking forward to inspiring High School students to consider STEM subjects.”
Bradley added: “It has also been a pleasure working with the Further Education students from the Regional Automotive Technology Hub at Blackburn College, who help bring their expertise and what they have learnt whilst studying at Blackburn College to the project."
Nicholas Hall, Business Development Manager at Blackburn College said: “We are delighted to be running this project with the support of Future – U and look forward to watching the project develop and engage with schools throughout Lancashire.”
15 Mar 2018, 15:39 PM