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Learning the science behind F1 car designs

11 April 2018

“Succeeding in the 21st Century is no longer about learning what to think but how to think.” - Mark Orrow-Whiting, Director of Curriculum and Student Performance, Nord Anglia Education

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At the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City we think beyond traditional education. Through practical, hands-on problem solving, your child develops transferable skills such as creativity, curiosity, resilience, resourcefulness, collaboration and confidence to help pave the way to a wide open future.

Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) play an invaluable part in helping your child to develop academic, social and personal success. Learning across different subjects also helps build a more holistic understanding of how the world really works and prepares your child for life in the 21st Century.

We’ve seen evidence of this inter-disciplinary learning in our Year 8 Science lessons this term. Our Key Stage 3 students have been applying their knowledge and understanding of forces to design and create the fastest miniature Formula 1 car.

Working in groups, students considered how to minimise air resistance and friction while experimenting to find the optimum weight of the car. The students then worked on their design, making use of the new Design and Technology workshops. This included using the 3D printers and laser cutters to produce a car that could compete against the other groups to find the fastest speed at a distance of 2m.

Measuring speed is challenging when the cars are so quick, so we made use of datalogging light gates to measure the speed even more accurately and precisely.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to collaborate on a problem and apply their learning in Science and Design Technology to a real life situation. With this experience under their belt, perhaps we’ll see these Year 8 students participating in the F1 in Schools global competition in a few years’ time!

Matthew Lambert, Head of Science