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Scalextric For Schools Challenge

Scalextric For Schools Challenge
Secondary school children from across the country will be taking part in a giant size scalextric event, hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford on Sunday 26th June. ‘Scalextric4Schools’ will see teams of students aged 11-18, from as far away as Devon participating. The event aims to inspire students to take Science and Engineering related subjects for Higher Education and as a career.

Sunday 26th June 2011 10.00am – 4.00pm

In total, fourteen teams will be participating in the event.  Each team has spent almost eight months designing, building and testing their cars ready to compete against each other.  The event will be taking place in the Museum’s Hangar 1 from 10.00am where there will be a 50 metre scalextric track running alongside the exhibits on display and a paddock area where each team will have their own engineering station for any final modifications to their cars.  Schools will be competing in a number of races during the day, with the fastest teams going head to head in the final.

Hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford, Scalextric4Schools is a collaboration between Hornby Hobbies, the parent company of the Scalextric brand and PTC the product development company, a global company specialising in engineering design software. A representative from each organising body along with a representative from the Museum and RAF Cosford will be judging the cars based on a number of criteria.

Tim Brotherhood, Curriculum Development Manager from PTC says:

“The UK needs thirty thousand new engineers each year but only fifteen thousand currently graduate.  PTC offers the Scalextric4Schools Challenge and free 3D design software to excite and enthuse the designers and engineers of the future who are vital to our prosperity”

The day will close with a presentation ceremony where the winning school will be crowned ‘Scalextric4Schools Champion 2011’ and will be presented with a trophy donated by Root Solutions.  There will be additional awards for the two runners-up, the ‘Best Engineered Car’ and a land speed record category. Hornby will be presenting all winning teams with Scalextric Racing sets and all participating students will receive an individual boxed Scalextric car.

Squadron Leader Jane Miller Community Careers Liaison Officer at RAF Cosford says:

“I am extremely honoured to be asked to be one of the judges for this competition.  I think it is an excellent way to inspire and encourage students to study the areas of design and engineering.  Judges have been asked to examine a number of areas including CAD, presentation, testing, manufacturing and engineering.
 
I have had an opportunity to look at the students presentations and I am impressed at the time and effort they have dedicated to their projects, we clearly have some exceptional young talent.  I am looking forward to meeting the competitors and seeing their designs in action.”

For more information on the Scalextric4Schools Challenge visit www.scalextric4schools.org

For more information on the Museum Access & Learning programme, please call 01902 376200 or visit: http://www.rafmuseum.org/.  The Museum is open daily from 10am and entry is FREE.

 


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