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Students develop racing cars as part of RI masterclass

Beaconsfield High School recently hosted a Royal Institution Engineering Masterclass in its brand new, advanced science laboratories, welcoming Mark Salmon, a STEM ambassador working for McLaren Automotive and a number of Year 9 students from the area.

The masterclasses are a series of workshops held on six consecutive Saturday mornings in the summer term. The sessions are led by experts from industry, academia and education and offer students in-depth investigations of topics in Engineering, combining theory with interactive exploration. This is the fourth year that our students have taken part but on Saturday 8th July, for the first time, we were fortunate to be able to host the workshop in our new Science labs. 

The students, from five local schools, listened attentively while Mark described the key features of racing car design before challenging the groups to come up with a design for the fastest car. After each ‘lap’ the designs were analysed by special software to identify the winner. There was a strong competitive atmosphere while the teams tackled the challenges and awaited the results. Our budding engineers also had fun building a weight-bearing ‘wishbone’ suspension part out of straws and masking tape.  

The session was supported by Mrs Sue Buxton from Wycombe Abbey, who we are grateful to for organising this year’s series of workshops, and Aasiya Hassan from the Royal Institution who brought attendance certificates for the participants. The series culminates on Saturday 15th July with a day of talks and activities at the Royal Institution in London.