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Ricardo Aerodynamics Session

On Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May, the Academy hosted the annual Ricardo Aerodynamics workshop.  

Ricardo Engineers, Jonathan Conway and Matthew Mammana visited the Academy to introduce the current year 7 students to the work that takes place at Ricardo Engineering and to take a look into 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 had learnt in the presentation and developed a series of plasticine models which were tested for drag in the 3D Design 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 3D Design Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Ricardo for giving up time in their busy schedules to come in and work with our students and for their continued support of the STEM subjects.

 

Richardo aerodynamics