Youngsters rise to Formula One challenge
A team of young designers has won an engineering prize in the regional final of a schools challenge.
Five pupils from Ibstock College picked up the team identity award at the Formula One Technology Challenge regional final, held in Birmingham.
Joe Pepper, James Evans, Josh Haywood, Harry Abbott-Capps and Max Hart – team Flash Forward – impressed judges with their marketing display, presentation skills and team ethic.
Students had to prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship, as well as forging links with businesses such as team sponsor ATI Stellram, of Ibstock.
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Using computer-aided design software, the team created a Formula One car and tested its aerodynamics in wind tunnels at Leicester University. The pupils were judged on car speed and the supporting evidence of their design, a presentation and a marketing display.
Teacher Rachel Wells said: "Flash Forward thoroughly deserved to take home the Team Identity trophy.
"The challenge gives students a genuine insight into the process of devising, testing and launching a product."