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Ricardo Aerodynamics Session

On Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd March, the Academy hosted the annual Ricardo Aerodynamics session with Mike Cranfield and Ricardo colleagues.

They introduced year 7 students to the work that takes place at Ricardo Engineering and in particular looked at aerodynamics.  The engineers demonstrated how they use wind tunnels to measure wind resistance and help develop design concepts for the motor industry.  They then set the year 7 groups a design challenge, to see which class could create the most aerodynamic model car.  The students put into practice the knowledge they learnt in the presentation and developed a series of plasticine models which were tested for drag in the Design Technology department’s mini wind tunnels before turning their attention to the larger Ricardo block car and wind tunnel.  Both sessions were extremely successful and gave the students some valuable hands-on experience of engineering and aerodynamics.  

The SRWA Design and Technology Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike and Ricardo for giving up time in their busy schedules to come in and work with our students and for their continued support