16th October 2019 — Mark Wemyss-Holden, the UK National Project Manager, and Richard Mellor from the technology for education company Denford Products, ran an introductory session. Teachers, technicians and support staff from St Katharine’s Academy, Immanuel College and Soham Village College attended.
F1 in Schools is a social enterprise working with industry to teach pupils about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) through the appeal of Formula 1 motor racing.
DT pupils at The Leys got involved at the entry level last year and are now moving into the development stage. “Team Blackhound” competed in the entry-level class at the F1 in Schools Regional Finals in February. They made a small-scale prototype car, presentation, kit display and a full Design & Engineering Portfolio to present to the judges on Race Day. They explained how they designed, tested and manufactured the model F1 car. The project taught them about aerodynamics, drag, speed and acceleration measurements to analyse vehicle performance.
The next regional final will be held in January at Sprowston Academy School.