Gratnells is delighted to be an ongoing sponsor of Formula One for Schools.
Gratnells became an official supplier for the F1 in Schools Challenge in 2017. The project’s main objective is to help improve the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment. This aims to help young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology.
For the challenge, 20 million students in 40 countries take part in a competition to design the fastest F1 model car. During the challenge teams of 3-6 students work on the production of their racing car models as well as creating a brand identity and ‘pit’ for their teams. They also create marketing and branding exercises for their car before being judged in regional, national and international finals. The cars have to adhere to strict regulations, in a similar fashion to Formula 1 e.g. the wheels of the car must be in contact with the track at all times. The cars are raced on a 20 metre long track with two lanes, to allow two cars to be raced simultaneously.
Each team is given a Gratnells tray and lid and must customise a Gratnells foam insert to hold their final car for entry into the competition. Gratnells has also supplied some Callero storage trolleys to hold each team’s entry in their Gratnells tray and act as the parc fermé. Once a team’s entry has been submitted is it kept secure in the Gratnells trolley and cannot be altered before judging. This system enables the judges to easily identify each team’s tray and car, as well as easily storing and transporting them from place to place. This ensures the process from judging to measuring to racing is seamless, easy and efficient.
Gratnells remains heavily involved with the promotion of STEM subjects in schools and has sponsored the Science Technician of the Year Award for the best part of a decade. We have recently supported campaigns such as the Year of Engineering and developed key relationships with educational institutions in the Harlow area, providing opportunities for students to tour our state of the art facilities – including the chance to see some of the exciting powder coating, injection moulding and laser cutting machinery that produces the classroom equipment they see and use every day.