We are thrilled to share with you the incredible experience our Year 9 and 10 students had on their first-ever Motorsports and Engineering trip last term. The main objective of this educational adventure was to explore career opportunities in engineering, discover the diverse pathways available, and highlight the importance of representation in the motorsports and aviation industries. Let’s take a closer look at their unforgettable journey!
The trip commenced with an awe-inspiring visit to the prestigious McLaren HQ, where our pupils were given an exclusive tour. They were first greeted by the breath-taking showroom, showcasing some of the most remarkable vehicles in the world. The adventure continued as they ventured behind the scenes into the manufacturing and engineering areas, witnessing the dispatch of parts destined for the Imola race that very weekend. During their visit, the students received an important message:
“Anyone can be an Engineer, whether you are more academic or more practical, everyone’s role is important. At McLaren we encourage curiosity. Be curious! ”
Continuing their exploration, our students visited the Brooklands museum, which proved to be equally inspiring. They delved into the history of this remarkable place, discovering how it attracted pioneers, scientists, and engineers who conquered the greatest challenges of the 20th century. Of particular interest was the revelation that many of the early drivers and pilots were female, despite their often-overlooked presence in history books.
At Loughborough University, the following day, our students were treated to an in-depth tour of the various engineering departments. They had the privilege of visiting labs, engaging with PhD students who shared their ground-breaking research, and marvelling at the incredible machinery available for their use. They learned about cutting-edge technologies such as robots and cobots, guided by enthusiastic student ambassadors who shared their passion for their respective courses. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day was an engaging talk by the Formula Student team. To add some excitement, a Pit Stop challenge was organised, and the students were also treated to an up-close viewing of the car the team built for the upcoming Formula Student Silverstone 2023.
As our students journeyed home on the train, it was heart-warming to witness their animated conversations about the advantages of campus universities compared to their city counterparts, as well as their preferred routes into the world of motorsports. Their excitement from the previous day’s visit to McLaren HQ was palpable. It was evident that their eyes had been opened to the boundless opportunities that lie beyond Westbourne. Plans were already being sketched out, and we cannot wait to see what unfolds next. Keep an eye on these budding talents!
We are immensely proud of our Year 9 and 10 students for their active participation and enthusiasm throughout this enlightening trip. Their thirst for knowledge and exploration of engineering and motorsports is truly inspiring. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the staff, professionals, and institutions who made this trip a resounding success.
Let us continue to foster curiosity, encourage exploration, and empower our students to pursue their dreams, as they stand at the precipice of exciting futures. Hopefully it will have ignited an interest into the world of engineering and motorsports.