A group of school pupils from schools across the East of Glasgow have assembled a fully-functioning Kit-car as part of their course at Glasgow Kelvin College.
Using an innovative approach, Curriculum Manager Jim Allan guided the pupils through a different way of learning which more closely followed the Curriculum for Excellence model where experiential, project-based learning can produce improved results.
Using a donor saloon car, the students scavenged key components to be built into the new kit car. This involved extensive internet research and new mechanical skills to identify and fit appropriate components to understand how the engineering works.
Attending for two half-days per week throughout the year, the students were set milestones to achieve and, with considerable hard work, managed this successfully. They collaborated with the Vehicle Body and Paint students at the College and the final product is a gleaming, sleek kit car which they can all be very proud of.
As their tutor, Jim was highly impressed with their work.
“The students were really motivated by this project and I was delighted that they were able to achieve so much. Time spent on the vehicle, per student, works out at around 20 days each so they’ve clearly accomplished the task in a relatively short time. Well done to them.”
Glasgow Kelvin College, working closely with local schools such as Eastbank Academy, Whitehill Secondary, Springburn Secondary, Bannerman High School, St Mungo’s Academy, St Andrew’s Secondary, Smithycroft Secondary, All Saints Secondary, Lochend Community High School and St Roch’s Secondary, delivers learning to S5 and S6 pupils which provides them with vocational and transferable skills, qualifications and personal development. They undertake this at the College but as part of the school week.
The College also offers a wide range of vocational programmes to schools in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire and works in close partnership with Glasgow City Council and North East Glasgow schools to deliver this.
Jim and his team are looking forward to next year’s intake of local school pupils who will look at modifying the brakes and suspension on the vehicle and how they can enhance the car and its performance.