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Morson sponsor school teams' 'F1 in Schools' competition car
UK finals took place in Chester in March 2019
Morson was proud to sponsor Sprowston Community Academy’s team in the recent ‘F1 in Schools’ STEM challenge competition.
The Norwich-based team, Morson Blackout, comprised of three A-level students, studying a variety of STEM subjects at the school. The team took part in the F1 in Schools 2019 National Finals at the Airbus A380 Wing Factory in Chester.
F1 in Schools is a not-for-profit social enterprise working with committed industry partners to provide an exciting and challenging educational experience by harnessing the appeal of Formula One, thereby working to encourage the next generation of engineers. It aims to target students between the ages of 9 and 19.
Throughout the competition, students are tasked with designing, manufacturing, testing and racing miniature compressed air powered cars across the categories of Development and Professional. The cars were judged on design, research & development, the display and their written/verbal presentation skills. The top three teams for each category go on to the world finals later in the year.
Morson Blackout were delighted to win the award for Best Display in the Professional category at the event. Unfortunately, like a number of teams who entered, the team were excluded from the Fastest Car award due to having wheels that were 0.02mm too small. A large emphasis is put on elements aside from speed, with the ultimate winners ultimately finishing 5th in terms of race time.
Despite the setback, the team enjoyed the experience. George Winter, who studies Maths, Physics, Georgraphy and Product Design for A-Levels, said “As a team of three it’s quite challenging. We tend to bicker quite a bit on decisions, but we get through it and we have quite a bit of fun because we’re all friends.”
Mike Browne, Account Manager at Morson International, said “This was our first year as full sponsors and we look forward to utilizing our reach and expertise to assist the school in future years. Connor, Mike and George were a credit to their school and special thanks should be given to their teachers, Neil and Graham, who gave up their valuable time to mentor and educate the team.”
Morson are dedicated to helping develop the next generation of engineers. As well as sponsoring projects like Morson Blackout and the ProtoEV go-karting challenge, the Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarships were set up in 2015. Named in memory of Morson’s founder, the scholarships are based out of the University of Salford and are awarded to the brightest and best young engineering talent, irrespective of background.