The Royal Navy is supporting young would-be engineers from Newton Abbot taking part in a national competition racing model cars they have created.
The College’s Year 7 students (11-12) were the first in the South West region to use the BBC micro: bit mini-computer, to complete the ‘Race For The Line’ challenge.
The racing car project comes under the Government-backed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative in conjunction with the Royal Navy. STEM events aim to address the national shortage of scientists and engineers with the Navy especially interested in recruiting engineers.
Race overseer, Lieutenant Paul Youngman (Royal Navy), said: “It is great to see all of the students getting involved; this is the right age to capture an interest in STEM subjects and projects like the ‘Race For The Line’ event positively promote these important curriculum subjects. The Newton Abbot students were excellent and we really did ignite their enthusiasm!”
Students used their lessons investigating aerodynamics, speed and acceleration to create foam cars that were raced in inter-class competitions with the help of the Royal Navy. The rocket-powered vehicles were raced through a series of time gates, providing data for further science and mathematics lessons.
Student Daizie-Mae Blyth said: “Creating the racing cars in lessons was really fun. It took about four lessons to finish them and get them ready for racing. The practical learning made the ideas of aerodynamics easier to understand and it was great to take our learning out of the classroom. Having the Royal Navy here was very exciting and it has all been so much fun!”
Sixth Form Reporter, Pheobe Davidson