STEM lesson plans explore technology and teamwork in a racing team

12-02-2021 | RS Components | New Technologies

RS Components has released the latest in its Imagine-X series of online STEM lesson plans, which offer teachers in the UK free curriculum-aligned resources for pupils aged 7–14. The new lessons, entitled 'Driven to Inspire: The Science of Going Fast', is themed around motorsport, bringing them to life by showing the skills and achievements of PDC Racing, a UK-based race team whose professional careers cover a mixture of STEM roles, and who take their expertise and inspiration to the track at weekends as race drivers, mechanics and engineers.

In these lessons, students are introduced to team member Dr Esther Quaintmere and her colleagues, who describe the formula for Outstanding Teamwork + Brilliant Engineering Minds = A Winning Race Team. The lessons offer an insight into how knowledge gained in the classroom will apply in the world of motorsport.

This theme looks into the skills and knowledge obtained from science, physics, technology, engineering and maths to support motorsport. Promoting the importance of teamwork, diversity and inclusivity within motorsport; while exploring the future of engineering as autonomous technology becomes more available.

“Motorsport is an ideal way to learn STEM skills, from the science behind the design and performance of the cars, the technology involved in making them reliable and fast, the engineering in the build and maintenance, and the mathematics to devise the racing line around the circuit,” commented Laura Giddings, STEM education manager at RS, “Working together with the PDC team has enabled us to create a set of fun lessons that will engage young people at a practical level and perhaps inspire them to take their skills forward into STEM careers of their own.”

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