Its full speed ahead as pupils scoop UK award
ENTERPRISING students from Lutterworth College took the chequered flag in the research category at a national finals.
Team Adactus - Alex Stewart, Ricky Raybould, Lloyd Clarke, Elliot Stark and Stuart Goldie - scooped the Research and Development trophy at the F1 in Schools UK final held on March 16-17 at the NEC in Birmingham.
The competition brief is to design a model compressed-powered F1 car and the cars race on a 20-metre track. The finals brought together the best 32 teams from across the country.
The Lutterworth team earned the award for its test rigs which the teenagers developed to analyse the performance of specific components of their model race car.
The team had identified the need to test the reliability and strength of some of the parts being used in the design of their car, but did not have the equipment necessary within the school, so decided to make their own test rigs.
The judges said it was the depth of thought and their approach to solving these challenges which led the judging panel to award the trophy to Adactus.
Stuart Goldie (17), the team’s resource manager, said: “It was very gratifying. “We had put a lot of work in. We were really happy that our hard work had paid off.”
The quintet had qualified for the finals after winning the central region qualifying round in February.
F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged nine to 19 and is supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The overall national champions were Dame Alice Owen’s School, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire.
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