Britannia Elementary [FULL]

About the project

For this project, the UBC student volunteers will lead small groups of grade 7 Britannia Elementary students to build self-propelled cars. There will be a total of 12 volunteers with 2 volunteers per group of 4 to 5 students. Groups will start out with the same basic kit of common supplies such as mouse traps, balloons, CD’s, straws, skewers, etc.

Day 1 – After students are debriefed on the project tasks they will work on researching/planning their project. What propulsion system will the team use? Which are the best wheels? How would you make the car go straight? In the afternoon the students will begin to build the first versions of their cars.

Day 2 – The students will continue to work on building their cars, testing and adjusting designs where necessary. The group will also complete 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 award ceremony will follow. Three awards are presented to recognize the prettiest looking car, the fastest car, and the car that travels the furthest distance. 


Kick-off Orientation :

Saturday, February 2 -  12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Project :

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

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

Friday, February 22 - 9:00 am - 3:00pm

    What you will do

    The UBC student volunteers will work with grade 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
    • Experiment with cars design to achieve the best performance
    • Create display boards and present the cars design and improvements over testing trials
    • Work with students to put into practice simple mathematics principles
    • Share about the university experience with Grade 7 students
    • Have fun!!! 


    • Creativity
    • Patience
    • Being comfortable with experimentation and the unknown
    • The ability to communicate and explore new ideas to solve problems
    • Leadership and mentoring skills 
    • Communication and visual story telling 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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