- What will I need to hold this project in my school?
- What if we don’t have manufacturing equipment?
- This all looks very expensive, how much does it all cost?
- This project looks like it will take a big chunk out of teaching the required curriculum, I’m not sure I can justify that.
- Do I have to enter my teams in the competition to get access to the resources?
- Are there different challenges in Scalextric4Schools?
What will I need to hold this project in my school?
Surprisingly little! All you will need is Creo Education Edition (which you can get free!), a CNC router, laser cutter and vacuum former. Everything else to get started can be found on this website!
What if we don’t have manufacturing equipment?
The web site lists schools who will make bodies chassis for a small charge.
This all looks very expensive, how much does it all cost?
Not very much! You can download the entire curriculum for this project free if you head along to the design, make and race pages. Schools have worked out the cost of producing a slot car down to a little over £1.50 or $2 USD per car! The great deals don’t stop there with Scalextric offering, the track for close to cost price!
This project looks like it will take a big chunk out of teaching the required curriculum, I’m not sure I can justify that.
Fear not! The Scalextric4Schools curriculum has been written in a way that it is not just an after school project. It is all linked to STEM standards in each country including; design, CAD, manufacturing processes, mechanics and physics. All this fits neatly into a 12 hour time period.
Do I have to enter my teams in the competition to get access to the resources?
There is no requirement to enter the competition. Schools can run the challenge in school with individuals or teams competing against each. Some schools arrange informal races with teams from local schools while a few enter the national competition in the hope of becoming champions!
Are there different challenges in Scalextric4Schools?
There are four different challenges with regions offering one or more of them.
- Formula 3 (UK and Australia) – Cars must use a standard motor and tyres and conform to maximum and minimum sizes to race around a track as fast as possible.
- Bloodhound SSC (UK) – Design the fastest car possible to rules very similar to the full-size land speed record attempts.
- Eco Formula (UK) – Efficiency and green design are paramount in this challenge. Design a vehicle to carry as much cargo or the most people as far as possible using the least energy. Judges also look for minimum impact on the environment from concept through manufacture, use and end of life.
- Speed controller (UK and Australia) – Design a speed controller so that someone who has difficulty using the standard controller can take part in the excitement of Scalextric racing.
- Holden/GM Cruze (Australia) – Design jigs and fixtures to help assemble and disassembly a standard Holden Cruze model as quickly as possible. Each team member assembles the car, races then disassembles the car before handing over. Design for assembly is the key to winning this challenge.
- Holden/GM Cruze (Australia) – Teams must re-design a Holden Cruze model to transport as much goods or passemgers as possible as far as possible using the least electricity. Precision and efficiency will help you do well here.