Race for the Line – Engineers of the Future STEM Sponsorship
The Race for the Line competition, partly sponsored by Lestercast, is a school-based initiative where students from Year 7 across the country can enter to compete with their own purpose-built rocket-powered cars which they have designed themselves – supporting engineers of the future.
Every car will need to compete over the same track distance to reach the regional and national finals and will adhere to the same build instructions for consistency. They will need to include a motor and be aerodynamic in shape with purpose-built wheels and must undergo rigorous testing prior to entry.
Students firstly needed to design and make a rocket-powered car using various engineering techniques in order to enter the competition, the qualifying session was held at New College in Leicester.
The ‘Rainbows’ team (below) recorded the fastest time with their car, emblazoned with the Lestercast logo and will go on to compete in May in the regional final with their design.
Following this, the regional final has since taken place at RAF Cosford where the team came third now qualifying them for the National Final in June. Full of enthusiasm, the team enjoyed every minute and are now in design modification stage for the final leg.
The prizes for winning vary from £250 to £1000 of STEM products.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is being used as a basis and foundation for education throughout the UK to encourage younger uptake across all areas of learning and into adulthood and the workplace.
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Engineers of the Future
Engineering and technology subjects continue to be in high demand because they develop key skills employers are looking for. A career in engineering can take many different routes – tips on where to start can be found here via the IET – Institute of Engineering & Technology.