Selby College Young Engineers' Club...found their passion at the Soap Box Derby


  • Name: Selby College Young Engineers’ Club
  • Class of: 2014
  • Studied: 14-16 Engineering
  • Doing What? Fine-tuning gravity racers and entering more competitions

For many young people there’s no way they would consider getting involved in something educational outside school hours, but one group of talented school pupils discovered that this can actually be quite fun.

The Selby College Young Engineers Club was created to challenge pupils aged 14-16 with an interest in Engineering, Science or Technology. It is an entirely voluntary group, so you don’t have to attend if you don’t want. Students learn a variety of different skills from highly experienced Powerskills UK staff. Skills that this year, thanks to a sponsorship deal with local food manufacturer Greencore, saw them enter the Humber Bridge Soap Box Derby with their ‘Ginger Hairy Farmers’ and ‘Jack’s Formula One Flyers’ self-designed and built gravity racers.

Despite narrowly being beaten to the top spot both teams have vowed to return next year, working on an improved version of their gravity racers and showing a level of dedication that has exceeded all expectations.

Young Engineers’ Club Project Leader Steve Cook said: "They have literally built the vehicles from scratch, working from their own drawings before fabricating and welding the main frame, making use of the college’s high technology CNC and 3D printer equipment to produce parts of the chassis and cab, whilst working at night, at weekends, even taking parts home to finish, so the two vehicles could be assembled in time for the race.”