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Cars Maths in Motion

Maths-based Formula 1 Simulation activity day

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Cars Maths in Motion Activity Day

A brief description of how the workshop will be run:

  • The Challenge involves students working together in small teams (2-4).
  • These teams set up virtual racing cars and then compete against each other in a Formula 1 Grand Prix type race.
  • The early stages are offline measuring the track with rulers, string and protractors.
  • Teams then work together online to set up their car, run practice laps, decide their pit strategy based on the weather and, finally, to compete in one or two races.
  • Teachers are welcome to join in, observe and/or help – that is entirely up to you.
  • I have run these with no adult help but generally prefer it if the school provide at least 1 teacher for supervision. I quite often find there are 3-4 teachers in the room once others see what is going on.

What age groups:

  •   Works best for ages 10-14 but anything between 9 and 18 is fine. 

Maximum of children per group you can cater for:

  • An ideal team size is 2-4 pupils so with up to 30 teams I can cope with up to 120 per day 

How much space is needed:

  • For large groups a gym/hall is ideal but adjacent classrooms work well provided there is enough room for everyone to “squash in” to a larger area to watch the race.
  • Each team needs one device with a reasonable size screen with an internet connection (PC/laptop/tablet/iPad)
  • Laptops must have good battery life or a way to put power for chargers around the edge of the room. It is OK to swap fresh devices in as the work is based on the login and not stored on the physical device.

How much the workshop would cost:

  • This depends on size, duration and distance (from Surrey) – generally in the range £650-£950/day
  • The activity takes most of a full day