Motorsport education, on and off the grid
The National Curriculum (and its equivalent in the home countries) requires that children are taught how to identify a risk and how to manage that risk.
Risk Management is something that we do every day in motorsport, ensuring that the risks inherent in the sport are minimised to an acceptable level through regulations, technological development and training.
British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC)
The BSKC is a national arrive-and-drive kart championship that brings competitive, cost-effective karting into UK schools. It is open to all pupils aged 13 to 18, with three drivers representing each school or college.
The teams first enter a practice session and a semi-final at their local participating circuit, with the best teams going on to the regional finals. Successful teams from the regional finals are then invited to the national final for a shot at being crowned the British Schools Karting Champions.
In 2012 the BSKC was contested by 617 teams from 235 schools, with other 1800 students taking part. The winning team visited the McLaren Technology Centre, where Lewis Hamilton’s and Jenson Button’s F1 cars are designed and built, as part of their prize.
For more information, visit www.bskc.co.uk
F1 in Schools
F1 in Schools is an international competition that challenges students aged nine to 19 to design, analyse, build, test and race miniature gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars. Teams also have to consider areas such as sponsorship and budgets for their projects.
The competition is a great way of getting young people involved in the exciting world of motorsport in an arena that requires them to think about physics, aerodynamics, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy.
Teams compete on a regional, national and international basis, with National Champions from more than 34 countries competing for the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy.
Further information can be found at www.f1inschools.co.uk
Formula Student is a competition run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) that challenges universities from across the world to design, build and test single-seat racing cars.
As well as developing their technical knowledge and abilities by producing a prototype car, students acquire management, marketing and people skills. The cars are judged on speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while teams are tested on design costing and business presentation.
Around 3000 students in 134 teams from 34 countries took part in 2012. To find out more, head to www.formulastudent.com
The Greenpower Education Trust aims to inspire more young people to become engineers – a goal it seeks to accomplish by challenging students – guided by their teacher and an industry mentor – to design, build and race an electric car.
There are three different tiers catering for people aged nine to 25:
- IET Formula Goblin (nine-11 years)
- IET Formula 24 (11-16 years)
- IET Formula 24+ (16-25 years)
There are now over 500 schools involved with Greenpower. To find out more visit www.greenpower.co.uk
The National Schools & Youth Group Karting Association (NatSKA) is a non-profit nationwide assodication run by volunteers. NatSKA’s vision is that, through becoming a team within NatSKA, schools are able to develop not only the social aspects of competition and team-work inherent in motorsport, but fulfill the potential for learning enabled by youngsters being able to race the results of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths lessons in real competition with other Schools at venues around the country.
For further information, visit www.natska.co.uk