Dr Justin Quinn, an engineering lecturer at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown visited The Wallace High School last Thursday with their student built version of a Formula 1 car.
The car was built by final year electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering students and once completed they use it to compete in a series of static and dynamic events. The static events include a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch and a costing analysis, both of which are presented to of some of the top designers and accountants from Ford cars.
Once these events are finished, the student team take the car to countries such as Germany, Japan and Australia to race against other universities from all over the world in the dynamic events, which assess the acceleration, handling and endurance of the car.
The pupils from Wallace prep were given the chance to sit in the car and pretend to drive it, and some of the grammar pupils also had the opportunity to take some of the mechanisms apart and have an in depth look at the engineering involved in making the project. A large majority of the older pupils’ involved are now looking forward to studying engineering when they leave school and perhaps joining the Formula Student team at whichever university they attend!
Last modified: December 3, 2009