Great projects for enterprising minds

Boxford has a proud and unrivalled history in creating innovative and engaging projects for schools and colleges to help inspire the innovators and engineers of the future. We offer teachers a range of projects designed to not only help push and develop their students’ skills but which also make learning fun.
The project ideas are FREELY downloadable (without a subscription) and provide CAD drawings and 3D CAD models which are supported with written build information, enhanced with images and video. Additional links to external resources appropriate to the individual project or resource are also provided.

F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools

F1 Class Car

This project teaches students about carbon dioxide propulsion systems and how they can be used to fire cars. Adding an element of competition, where teams from different schools build their own model vehicle and pit them against each other in races, enhances the learning and motivation of students.

Video_icon Click here to see a Boxford Router machining a Formula 1® Class F1 in Schools Car.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / AS Level / STEM
F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools

Bloodhound Class Car

Similar to the project above, students make alternative drag-style cars from balsa wood to race against each other.

Video_icon Click here to see a Boxford Router machining a Bloodhound Class F1 in Schools Car.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / AS Level / STEM
Scalextric 4 Schools

Scalextric 4 Schools

This successful project teaches students how to design, mould and engineer their own slot cars. Adding an element of competition, where teams from different schools are pitted against each other in an annual competition, enhances the learning and motivation of students.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Scalextric 4 Wheels

Scalextric 4 Wheels

This project covers the manufacture of wheels, tyres and bearings for the Scalextric 4 Schools initiative. It is designed to help students develop their injection moulding skills and understand why precision and accuracy is important in manufacturing.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Weather Station

Weather Station

Whether you are teaching beginner’s electronics to 11-year-olds or more complicated circuits and radio transmission to A-level students, the electronic weather station project will offer interesting learning for all ages and abilities.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Gear Clock

Gear Clock

This project is designed to help older, more advanced students question traditional clock design, as well as improving their understanding and skills in complex computer controlled cutting and manufacture, electronic circuitry and gears.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Money Box

Money Box

Using hardwood or MDF, this project teaches students how to cut out three separate components, drill and assemble them with glue to make one functional item – a money box.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Pencil Eraser

Pencil Eraser

This project was devised by a teacher at a school in Bradford and our researcher was so impressed that he asked if we could pinch his idea and share it with other schools! It teaches children the skill of cutting a mould and injecting it with plastic to produce a pencil eraser.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Round Table

Round Table

Furniture design has been a staple of school learning for decades and this ‘table within two chairs’ project aims to hone students’ computer controlled cutting and drilling techniques, while also demonstrating how shape can control design and functionality.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM
Sand Automata

Sand Automata

This is a complex project which helps students develop an understanding of component construction, via computer controlled cutting, drilling and assembly of the MDF and Perspex automata, as well as knowledge of electronics and gear workings.

View the full project Key Stage 3 & 4 / STEM