Posted by: drmiw | March 26, 2015

Helping the next generation of technologists at Kinnaird Primary School

For the past six months I’ve really enjoyed helping the Kinnaird Primary School Technology Club every Monday for an hour after school. Ten pupils from P6 and P7, working in pairs, managed to build five battery powered cars using only basic materials and tools, without the help of kits or templates, to their own distinctive designs.

As the weeks went on it was great watching the children growing in confidence and gaining new skills, and I was left twiddling my thumbs in the latter sessions as they just got in with their work, completely focused. It all culminated on 2nd March 2015 when, in front of family and friends, the teams competed against each other to see which car could climb the highest ramp.

The five teams' cars at an early design stage with wheels glued on drying
The five teams’ cars at an early design stage with wheels glued on and drying
Inner workings of a battery powered car
Inner workings of one finished car
A bus shaped design decorated in pink foil and passengers waving from the windows
One car’s (or bus’s) distinctive external design
Two Kinnaird Primary School Technology Club members demonstrate their battery powered car on a ramp, with Mark Williams looking on
Two Kinnaird Primary School Technology Club members demonstrate their battery powered car on a ramp, with Helper, Mark Williams (in jumper and jeans), looking on

The parents were extremely impressed by the children’s knowledge, technical skills, attention to detail and their perseverance! Congratulations go to Kyle and Rory, Becky and Holly who produced the most effective cars. They will now compete in the East Coast of Scotland Primary Engineers Regional Final being held in Fife in June. The club was run by Mrs Fleming and Mrs Bennie and we would like to say special thanks to two of our dads, Mr Williams and Mr Devlin for giving their time every week to help.

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