Pupils ready to race their own go-kart

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Pupils from an Ashington school have been working on an engineering challenge to build and race their own electric go-kart.

Stockfield-based IHC Engineering Business invited a group of 11 pupils and four teachers from Ashington Central First School to build the vehicle in preparation for a go-kart race organised by the Greenpower Education Trust, which aims to advance education and interest in sustainable engineering and technology.

The pupils, teachers and engineers spent a day constructing the go-kart at a Formula One-style workshop at IHC Engineering Business’s production facility at the Port of Tyne.

The youngsters will be helping to design the logos and styling of the F1-style go-kart ahead of race day at Gateshead College on Tuesday, June 25.

David Godfrey, head teacher at Ashington Central First School, said: “It is important for our pupils to experience a wide range of opportunities as it may unearth a passion in them that can help them decide on a future career.

“We are really grateful to IHC Engineering Business and look forward to racing the go-kart.”