Shropshire hosts future stars of Formula 1

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Formula 1 in Schools was launched this week for Shropshire. Attended by 12 schools from throughout the region including Burton Borough and Hadley Learning Community, the event highlighted the start of their journey to, hopefully, regional, national and even world success.

Hosted at the MCMT in Bridgnorth, run by The Stem Workshop and supported by local company MyWorkwear, the kick-off day included a range of workshops, giving experience in design visualisation, prototyping and CAD design.

The students also got the chance to take part in a pit stop challenge with the University of Wolverhampton Race Team, an interactive driving experience and testing prototype model cars. From this event, the students will take away the skills they have learnt at the launch and work on their designs over the coming months before competing to become the regional champion in 2020.

Speaking about attending the event, Natalie Stewart from Hadley Learning Community said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for students to see STEM in action and how what we do in the classroom can transfer into the industry.’

Meanwhile, Owen Lloyd, a student from Burton Borough, commented ‘We are seeing the future today. We have all really been inspired. My career starts here.

Formula 1 in Schools aims to help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula 1, science, marketing and technology. It is the only truly global educational programme that raises awareness of STEM and Formula 1 among students and school children in every region, in every country.

The World Championships recently took place in Abu Dhabi and was won by a UK school, so there is a real opportunity for a Shropshire school to get to the World finals in 2020.

Speaking about the event, Leanne Mee of The STEM Workshop said, “The students who we had in the centre today have been incredible, and I was so impressed with the attention to detail in the design and manufacturing, and I feel reassured that we have some incredible talent in Shropshire. I am hugely impressed by how well supported the event has been by business, and this has helped us gain incredible momentum... I now look forward to working closely with all the schools to prepare them for our Regional Event in 2021.”

Around 50 businesses also attended the launch from throughout the Midlands. Mostly members of Made in the Midland, the businesses were keen to show their support for the challenge and the engineers of the future in Shropshire.

James Worthington, MD of MyWorkwear commented ‘Being involved in bringing Formula 1 in Schools to Shropshire has been a fantastic opportunity for us as a business to support our local schools and the future of manufacturing and engineering. We hope that we have seen the next World Champions in the room today.’

To find out more about F1 in Schools, please visit https://www.f1inschools.co.uk/