POTTSTOWN PA – Building the world’s fastest race cars may require the talents of an entire team of automotive designers, but building a functioning go-cart from a shopping cart? Well, that takes a group of imaginative Pottstown High School students and a teacher willing to go the extra mile, according to Pottstown School District Director of Community Relations John J. Armato.
The high school engineering class led by teacher Andy Bachman recently created and tested the go-cart (at top), the chassis of which is a shopping cart donated by Home Depot. Under Bachman’s guidance, seniors Julian Rulli, Dereck Paskings, Ernest McCalvin, and Jireh Byas; and juniors Lucas Wingard and Kenyion Arnette designed and fabricated their vehicle with a gasoline engine, then tested it outside on a nearby sidewalk.
Talk about your get-up-and-go!, Armato marveled. McCalvin used a smart phone app to determine the cart’s speed; it topped out at 36 miles an hour.
Students credited the school’s new automotive technology teacher, Mike Hewitt, for teaching them the art of welding. Hewitt also is a Pottstown grad.
- Watch a video (above) of the cart being tested on its long sidewalk run, or see it at the YouTube channel of PottstownEngineering, here.
Photo from PottstownEngineering via YouTube