Family event looking for teams to design, build and race their own entries
With the wind in their hair, crash helmets and padding at the ready, the students from Wizard Education have been testing the latest ‘white knuckle ride’ to hit the slopes of Coate Water. Gripped by the thrills of the downhill racer, they prepare to defend the challenge they have set for local teams fancying their chances against them at Swindon’s Soap Box Derby in on 17th July. This fun, free, community event aims to attract teams from Swindon businesses, groups, volunteers, schools, families… just about anyone over 12yrs old, so long as they have at least two members of the team who are 12-18yrs old.
The race is being organised by a small group of 14-16yr olds from Wizard Education as part of an engagement project where they combine the skills needed to design, build and then race their own masterpieces with the work related and organisational skills essential to putting on an event.
"The lads have worked really hard" said their tutor Jo Dunningham, "they were inspired by the famous ‘Red Bull Races’ and have had great fun putting the carts together, and of course testing them at every opportunity. They still have a lot of work to do on them though as they underestimated how much time it took to look at things like risk assessments, health and safety, marketing and costs. They also spent a lot of time developing their own website with all the information about the race, build rules and a downloadable entry form"
So, the challenge is out there and on the calm, grassy slopes of Coate at 2.00pm on Sunday 17 July, the Mayor of Swindon will officially start the races where, with no engines, pedals or other propulsion, these lean, mean, gravity machines will battle it out to find out who really are Swindon’s Soap Box Heros!