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The electric-powered Formula Goblin cars were tested by the students at the Top Gear racetrack

STUDENTS from a STEM Club at West Wittering School are celebrating the creation of two electric-powered Formula Goblin cars, thanks to support from the University of Chichester and generous funding from the F Glenister Woodger Trust.

Part of an initiative from the Greenpower Education Trust, two teams of year six students at the school demonstrated their enthusiasm for engineering and science by designing, building, and racing two Formula Goblin electric cars. The students have been involved with all aspects of the cars, named Lightning and Bolt by the students themselves, and took them to the Gathering of Goblins at the Top Gear racetrack at Dunsfold Park on 8 July.

The teams brought their Goblin cars to the University of Chichester for a graduation ceremony attended by their families, four trustees from the F Glenister Woodger Trust plus leaders and members of the outreach team from the University. Professor Catherine Harper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University, officiated at the graduation of the class of 2018 from West Wittering School.

She said: “Under the leadership of Headteacher Richard Weston and the University’s Outreach Team, the year six STEM Club students have been building two full-size working racing cars. Following the graduation ceremony in University Cloisters, the children presented their Formula Goblin racing cars to their families, University staff and trustees of the F Glenister Woodger Trust, whose generous support made the achievement possible.”

A spokesperson from the F Glenister Woodger Trust commented: “The Woodger trustees think this is a wonderful project for the children at West Wittering School and it’s a great pleasure to see the project delivered with such enthusiastic support from the University, School and parents. The graduation ceremony was inspirational, and gave the young people a taste of higher education, which we hope they will aspire to be a part of in the future. The Trust will continue to be associated with the University’s STEM outreach programme which, we hope, will inspire the young people who take part to become engineers in this country.”

The teams with their Goblin cars at the TopGear racetrack

The Trust was set up in 1989 by Glenister F Woodger in memory of his late father. Over the years the Trust has supported many charities delivering projects which benefit residents of the Witterings and Chichester.

Footage of one of the Formula Goblin cars being put through its paces is available at

The University of Chichester has developed its STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach programme in support of its landmark £35million Tech Park, which opens for business on its Bognor Regis campus this autumn.

For engineering, the space will combine purpose-built, state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories and equipment with an innovative approach to engineering learning which takes on board input from the commercial sector – designed to produce well-rounded, creative engineers the meet current and future requirements of industry and beyond.

For digital technology, this is an opportunity for the University to build on its already excellent international reputation in the world of film, animation, special effects, gaming and supporting skills such as screenplay and score writing.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will bring together skills and expertise across both areas to create some ‘STEAM’ – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – with productive opportunities for regional businesses to get involved.

To find out more about Outreach and College Engagement at the University of Chichester go to For more about the Tech Park visit

The teams with their Goblin cars at a University graduation ceremony