Sheffield - Car designers on inside track placed first

24th July 2009 at 01:00

Fast reflexes and a cunningly designed car helped a secondary school team win a national Scalextric racing contest.

Nine schools from across Britain competed at the final in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre, using cars they had designed from scratch. The winner was Wootton School in Bedfordshire, with St Augustine's High in Yorkshire taking second place.

Scalextric4Schools, launched in January, aimed to encourage students to consider science and engineering-related subjects as careers. Groups of pupils used professional 3D modelling software to help them design and build miniature cars, taking into account factors such as aerodynamics and how their vehicle's centre of gravity would affect cornering.

Competition organisers posted maps of the track online before the race so teams could set up a replica in their schools before participating in regional heats.

Paul Chandler, Scalextric marketing manager, said: "The project has successfully increased awareness of the ample career opportunities available within the world of engineering and also the technical intricacies of Scalextric slot car racing. We look forward to launching the next UK competition in September." MS

Details and lesson materials at http:scalextric4schools.org.

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