Brand new this year!! we are launching a new workshop that focuses on not just speed but the process of getting faster. Your child will be creating their very own racing hot wheels inspired car and will go through the whole design process to make their car as fast as it can possibly be (whilst looking as cool as possible!).

We will be testing their models in our own home built wind tunnel and then giving time to rework the design to improve it over and over again. On the last day, we will be designing the track ready for that final race, where the winner takes it all!

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What’s the challenge we’ll solve?

Hot wheels have approached you for some new designs to add to their new range of model vehicles. They want you to provide them with a model for each of their new categories- car, truck and van.

Each model must meet a certain time trial and be the COOLEST looking model ever! it needs to be the most wanted toy for 5-15 year olds.

What will we learn?

This challenge is truly interdisciplinary and with careful consideration from Aaron’s years working in schools, means it covers many elements of the national curriculum in just two days. Students will all start with the same challenge but with multiple options of how they go about solving it.

Ben will take them through the whole innovation process that he has used successfully for years to bring products to life both in his former life at Dyson and whilst working on his own projects in his workshop.

We will cover every aspect of the iterative design process. We’ll look at:

  • Brainstorming techniques to generate ideas.
  • Using generative ideas to further develop ideas and create mock ups.
  • Sketching skills to develop and understand our concepts.
  • Model making using a range of materials from cardboard, lollipop sticks, dowels, string, rubber bands and anything else from Ben’s workshop stash.
  • Iterative design to solve open ended problems.
  • Basic CAD skills on Fusion 360 to generate the complex bespoke parts we need to realise our ideas.
  • Designing for 3D printing both for speed, the manufacturung type and cost effectiveness.
racing hot wheels

Design skills

  • What innovation means
  • Design mindset
  • How to brainstorm and come up with ideas
  • How to work intelligently to problem solve
  • How to communicate our ideas with others through sketching & presentation skills
  • Prototyping for problem solving
  • How to test and evaluate our solutions
  • The huge importance of failure in the design process
  • Iterations and how to fail forwards
  • Materials and sustainability in 3D printing
  • Using generative AI to create code to control and effect the arduino and mechanical systems.
  • Basic understanding of arduino wiring and electronic systems to operate and control a stepper motor

Hardware skills

  • How to load 3D files into a 3D printer ready for printing
  • How to remove parts from the build plate
  • How to clean up parts and get the ready for assembly
  • How to load materials onto and operate a LASER CUTTER!

Software skills

  • Basics of FUSION 360 (The CAD program we use to 3D model parts)
  • Designing for 3D printing
  • Basics of Bambu studio (The program that virtually slices the parts to be printed)

Racing Hot Wheels

The culmination of the two days will be racing your Hot Wheels car against your fellow inventors! All the time and effort all brought together in one moment, will you wind? Time will tell…

By the end of these 2 days with me, you will be equipped to observe the world around you, spot things that could be improved or problems that need solving to make life better or make things happen more efficiently, know how to come up with loads of ways to try and solve the problems or improve things, how to choose which ideas to test out first, how to go through the process of prototyping and using your 3D printer to assist with that, how to test and evaluate your solutions and see what works, what doesn’t work and how they could be better, and how to improve and iterate your designs until you eventually have a working prototype for your idea. Like the sound if this? You’ll also love The Mars Rover Challenge