One sixth formers in Ipswich gain podium in top national soap box race challenge

The Black Ice team from One sixth form in Ipswich took part in the downhill soap box race challenge.

The Black Ice team from One sixth form in Ipswich took part in the downhill soap box race challenge. Picture: ONE - Credit: Archant

Technology students at One sixth form in Ipswich put their building skills to the test to craft a soap box vehicle in a national challenge.

The Black Ice soap box kart made by technology students at One sith form in Ipswich. Picture: ONE

The Black Ice soap box kart made by technology students at One sith form in Ipswich. Picture: ONE - Credit: Archant

The students, named Black Ice, started their project in September last year, and were one of 45 teams nationwide to compete in the downhill race at Wicksteed Theme Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The team finished third out of the 45 teams, and is now planning a return next year where they hope to finish even higher.

Teacher Dan Sheldrick said: “Technically it was a soap box challenge. Our technician Andy Taylor came up with the idea.

“He got some old parts together from a previous project at his old school and we built the car with our level three students.


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“I think the project showed our students that you can get results but you have to put in the hard work. They worked outside of lessons over nine months and came third. I’m very proud of their efforts.”

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