Big Valley School participates in virtual chariot races

Brayden Ponto pulls as Kingston Brown sits in the cart while Mya Millar observes in the background. ECA Review/Submitted

Over 270 local students participated in Skills Canada Alberta’s first ever Cardboard Chariot Race on Oct. 27 – 28.

Armed with duct tape and a creative design, junior and senior high school students have spent the last week constructing a pull-able chariot to race.

The Cardboard Chariot Races are a modified version of Skills Canada Alberta’s established Cardboard Boat Race, allowing students to experience the same fun and learning from the safety of their own school cohorts.

Communities participating in the Cardboard Chariot Race include all major cities in Alberta, and smaller communities like Big Valley.

Big Valley School participated in the cardboard chariot races in Alberta on Oct. 27 – 28. Taylor Baird records one of the races while Kingston Brown remains upright in his cart. ECA Review/Submitted

Students were given their materials one week prior to the race and pre-built their chariots.

The racing days involved students racing a predetermined distance in their school gym, timing their speed.

All participants races were videotaped and each heat was broadcast to all participants.

“The Cardboard Chariot Race promotes open ended problem solving and teamwork, allowing students to develop skills in areas like design, research and presentation, principles of structure, strength, rigidity, friction and direction control,” said Chris Browton, Executive Director, Skills Canada Alberta.

 

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