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Driven To Inspire - Imagine X Racer

Meet Dr Esther Quaintmere and the PDC Racing team! Discover the skills and knowledge gained from STEM to support motorsport.

Driven To Inspire - Imagine X Racer

Taking inspiration from the story and careers of Dr Esther Quaintmere and her team; PDC Racing. Find out how Outstanding Teamwork + Brilliant Engineering Minds = A winning race team.

This content-rich double-lesson explores how and why technology, physics, maths and critical thinking all play a key role in what makes a race team so successful.

This theme investigates the fundamental principles of design in motorsport and gives your students a chance to put into action knowledge gained, by designing and racing their own virtual race car!

Capacity

Minimum of 5 participants, maximum of 40 participants.

Duration

The material in this lesson plan is rich and immersive. While it is possible to cover in two lessons, we advise its deployment over a ‘Science Day’ whereby maximum value can be had, allowing for students of all abilities to gain value from its usage. For lower or mixed-ability classes, we advise extending lesson 1 over two sessions in order to a) grasp the scientific concepts and b) fully understand the worksheet ask, before moving on to lesson 2.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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  • In-school
  • Full day
  • Cost applies

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