Go-kart design competition to promote STEM skills through motorsport

08-10-2020 | RS Components | Design & Manufacture

RS Components has announced its PDC go-kart design competition – a chance for students to design the livery of PDC Racing’s new go-kart for the 2021/22 season and win a STEM day at their school.


The competition is open to children in the UK and Ireland, aged 7–16 years, and challenges them to produce an eye-catching design for the go-kart. The kart will be created and tested by the PDC Juniors teams, aged 9–14 years, who will compete in assorted championships across the UK throughout 2021/22.


The racing team, sponsored by RS Components, was formed in 2016 and competes in the UK and Europe. They presently race seven cars in multiple club and national championships, laying claim to four national championship titles in the past three years, with over 40 race wins.


“We are committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers in addressing the global skills shortage,” said Laura Giddings, STEM education manager, Northern Europe at RS. “Karting is the first step on the motorsport ladder for young people and is a fantastic way to acquire and use STEM skills. The chance to learn more about motorsport will be the impetus for some very creative kart design entries.”


“STEM education is one of the team’s main areas of focus, so we’re delighted to be partnering with RS on this design competition for schools,” said Gavin Johnson, Racing Driver/STEM Ambassador, PDC Racing Team. “Our ongoing commitment is to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment, focused around STEM, where young people can learn, develop skills and build confidence. Today, young people can design a go-kart, tomorrow that could be a Formula 1 car. Anything is possible.”

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