F1 in Schools: taking up the STEM challenge

The DT department of The Leys, Cambridge, opened its doors to teaching staff from other schools so they could find out how to follow its example and get involved in the F1 in Schools STEM challenge.

Mark Wemyss-Holden, the UK National Project Manager, talking about the project.
Mark Wemyss-Holden, the UK National Project Manager, talking about the project.

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.

About The Leys School

The Leys is primarily a boarding school, and our emphasis is on providing a caring, friendly and secure environment for all our pupils. Each child, whether a boarder or day pupil, is attached to one of 11 houses, where study areas and comfortable accommodation are provided, along with a high standard of pastoral care and supervision from housemasters or housemistresses.


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