Youngsters learn about life in racing’s fast lane

Pictured are South Yorks schools who have bulit their own racing cars in competition at Rainbow Forge School,Hackenthorpe.

Pictured are South Yorks schools who have bulit their own racing cars in competition at Rainbow Forge School,Hackenthorpe.

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Racing fever coursed through a Sheffield school as budding drivers tested mean machines they had built from scratch.

All the excitement of Formula 1 came to a Rainbow Forge Primary School,when it hosted the special racing event.

Youngsters donned their race helmets and suits to drive cars they had built from scratch around a designated course in the school grounds, off Beighton Road, Hackenthorpe.

In total, 14 teams took part in the event, including pupils from Reignhead Primary in Beighton, Springs Academy in Arbourthorne, Prince Edward Primary at Manor Top, Heritage Park Primary in Norfolk Park and Birley Primary in Frecheville.

Jane Loader, Rainbow Forge headteacher, said: “The youngsters have actually built the cars from scratch, they designed all the body work and they then got to go and race them.

“It was a great day, the kids really enjoyed it.

“There was a bit of Formula 1 fever – the children got to wear helmets and jump suits like proper racing drivers.”

It took the students about four months to build the cars in a project which started as an after-school club,

Ms Loader said: “They worked under the supervision of adults to build the cars.

“They had to solve all the problems that came up, see what was going wrong and how they could improve the performance.

“The project was really good for team building and planning, it is a different way of learning.

“All the youngsters were desperate to be in the club. “

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