Bolton School Senior Girls

Girls Take On Knead for Speed Challenge

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A group of twenty-five pupils in Year 10 enjoyed participating in the Knead for Speed Aero Challenge.

Researchers from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at The University of Manchester came into School to run an engineering session focusing on aerodynamics. They talked to pupils about forces and the different elements added to race cars, such as spoilers and diffusers, which help to shape the air around the car.

Working in small teams, the pupils came up with ideas and concept sketches which they could implement on model cars to improve air flow and therefore aerodynamics. Each team was then given the same base model of car and some Plasticine to improve the aerodynamics. At the end of the session, their efforts were judged and the teams received feedback.

The winning car was 3D scanned and put into a virtual wind tunnel to show how the air flowed around it.

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