This is the process by which children from 9 to 25 years of age are motivated to use their initiative, to be creative in STEAM learning, designing, building and racing their own electrical vehicles in an international race calendar.
Kid's Kit-Car is a non-profit association that was born in January 2017 with the purpose of promoting the development of technical skills in children and youth.
The project, whose international requirements were originally identified in the UK in 1998, are to promote children’s motivation for STEAM learning, to address the gap in engineering staff that was originally forecast when the project was launched and is now visible.
The project's learning requirements have been designed to develop the children's abilities and learning outcomes in parallel to the category in which they are competing, based on the Goblin category of 9 to 11 years of age; the F24 category of 11 to 16 years of age; and the F24 category of 16 to 25 years of age. In this development process, the electrical vehicles in which the children compete evolve from a simple mechanical kit, in which primary school children develop their knowledge in areas of Road Safety, Materials, Gears, Friction, Forces and Pressure, Energy, Electricity and Carbon Footprint through to children in secondary and higher education education where it is their own investigation and analysis that permits them to optimise the performance of their vehicles.
Two further learning philosophies are key to the manner in which this project works. These are Reflective Learning and Open Learning. The first is the means by which the children review the actions that they have taken in preparation for, as well as during, the race and consider the areas for improvement that are available. The Open Learning action is the manner in which different teams publish what they have achieved and the manner in which they have done so. The sharing of knowledge with competing teams is an interesting concept and permits teams to access areas of specialist knowledge that they would otherwise not have access to.