ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge group of people

We announced our collaboration with The Blair Project back in February and since then there have been a whirlwind of exciting developments to share. We were thrilled to get involved with this particular project as it supports STEM subjects with digital manufacturing for local schools in the North West. Plus we are all keen petrol heads here so the opportunity to combine our passion for 3D Printing and education with motorsport in a local town with local schools caused serious goosebumps amongst the team! Top this with the fact that research from the Local Government Association shows that this type of targeted locally co-ordinated intervention has the potential to reduce youth unemployment by 20% within 3 years and that is serious positive social impact.

ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge - kart on screen

The project gained serious momentum with significant interest from Wigan Council who through The Deal awarded £10k of Investment Start Up Funding. The first prototype kart was designed by CREATE Education Ambassador and a former Jaguar Landrover Engineer, Steve Cox and this was fully 3D Printed with the exception of the chassis and wheels in time for the official launch at Wigan Town Hall in early April.

ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge design on screen

We have seen interest from schools in other area’s and local colleges looking to roll this out in September and even the MOD who may look to provide ex service personel to be trained to deliver the project in schools. Our first training session for the trainers is scheduled in the coming week and now it’s time to get the schools involved. Newbridge Learning Community in Wigan are the first to take part in the pilot and this week was their first introduction to the CAD software Fusion 360 provided by Autodesk.

ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge design

Steve Cox delivered a webinar and by the time ten minutes had passed we had a font bumper design with the school logo on ready to go! The pupils at Newbridge have SEMH needs and lesson time is usually limited to 50 minutes which can still be too long for some of them to remain engaged and focused. Paul Ainscough who is Head of science there told us this session had seen the pupils concentration and engagement levels higher than had recently been the case, with every single pupil remaining focused for the whole session which was twice as long as the norm. By the end of the session they were already keen and excited for the next one where they will start to create their own designs for their very own 3D Printed Kart…

We can’t wait to see how this goes and will provide another blog update very soon.

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