Britannia Elementary

About the project

In this 3-day project, the UBC student volunteers will lead small groups of grade 6/7 Britannia Elementary students to design and build self-propelled cars out of school-based items.

There will be a total of 16 volunteers with 2 volunteers per group of 4 to 5 students. Groups will start with the same basic kit of common supplies such as mouse traps, balloons, CD’s, straws, skewers, etc.

Day 1 - The project will start with the research/planning phase. At this point, students will be developing the general concept of a self-propelled car, on which they are going to work later. In the afternoon, the students will begin to build the first versions of their cars.

Day 2 – There will be a lot of testing and adjusting during the second day, while the group will be working on a poster board presentation explaining the design of the car and testing trials.

Day 3 – On the final day of the project, the students will finalize their cars and get them ready for the races! In the afternoon, the younger students will gather in the gym to watch the cars race across the gym. An awards ceremony will follow. Three awards are presented based on aesthetics, speed, and distance traveled.


Programming Dates
Kick-off Orientation Saturday, February 8 -  12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thursday, February 20 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday, February 21 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    What you will do

    The UBC student volunteers will work with grade 6/7 Britannia students to assist in the research process, a poster board presentation, and the creation of the self-propelled cars. The UBC student volunteers will be given the opportunity to learn and develop leadership/mentoring skills while assisting Britannia students in:

    • Developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills by collaborating with other students to design and build self-propelled cars
    • Experimenting with car designs to achieve the best performance
    • Creating display boards and present the cars design and improvements over testing trials
    • Working with students to put into practice simple mathematics/physics principles and giving them feedback on their ideas
    • Having fun!


    • Enthusiasm and interest in engaging with elementary students
    • Passion for creativity and comfort with experimentation
    • Communication and visual storytelling for the final poster board

    No engineering experience required, just the desire to team up with students on this exciting project!

    Placement location

    Britannia Elementary School

    Britannia Elementary School

    1110 Cotton Dr.
    Vancouver, BC V5L 3T5

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