Students at Doncaster University Technical College (UTC) have had the chance to look under the bonnet of a finely tuned race car thanks to an employer partnership with precision engineering company Agemaspark.
The race car, from University of Sheffield’s Formula Student team, Sheffield Formula Racing, visited Doncaster UTC where students had the opportunity to learn about what went into designing and building the car, including the engineering behind it, and had the chance to sit in the driver’s seat.
Pictured L-R Sheffield Formula Racing students Kai Damani, Youssef Elessawy, James Wells and Paul Stockhill, MD of Agemaspark
Sheffield Formula Racing brings together university undergraduate engineering students from every year of study from departments including mechanical, aerospace, electrical and electronic, to design and build a race car.
The team is assisted by local businesses including Doncaster-based Agemaspark. For the past eight years, Agemaspark has helped the team develop and manufacture steering and suspension components worth several thousand pounds.
Doncaster UTC integrates technical, practical and academic learning for 13-18-year-olds. Students are allowed to follow a chosen specialism in engineering or creative and digital technologies while studying GCSEs, A Levels and developing employability skills.
Paul Stockhill, vice chair of Doncaster UTC and managing director at Agemaspark, said: “It was fantastic to see the students engaging with the Sheffield Formula Student team and to see the learning that took place during the session.
“At Agemaspark we are passionate about innovative ideas in engineering and the race car offered Doncaster UTC students an invaluable learning opportunity to see the sorts of innovations that are possible.
“The car and the team visited Doncaster following an appearance at be Get up to Speed in Rotherham, an event that gives young people the chance to see some of the UK’s most exciting STEM inventions and meet the people who design, build, and operate them.
“One of our goals at Doncaster UTC is to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers. Exposing them to real-world examples from industry and academic partners can help students prepare for their exciting future careers.”
For more information about Doncaster UTC, visit www.doncasterutc.co.uk