Southroyd Primary pupils in pole position after Williams F1 factory tour

Pupils from Southroyd Primary accelerated their learning on Friday (1 December) when they were given first-hand insight into what it takes to build and drive a 230mph Formula 1 car.

Employment specialists Randstad invited 10 pupils and their teachers to the F1 team’s state-of-the-art factory in Grove, Oxford, where they were steered round the engineering hub and factory to experience the buzz of constructing one of the fastest cars on the planet.

Williams engineers guided the group around their HQ showing them everything from the history of the team to testing their knowledge of modern parts and their function.

Travelling at more than 200mph means drivers must have lightning fast reactions and students had theirs tested on a BATAK reaction machine, which highlighted how important reaction speed is.  

Finally, a lap of the Williams museum gave the pupils a chance to see previous championship winning cars up close, get their hands on the beautiful trophy collection and see F1 mementos up close.

Freya Richardson, Regional Director, Randstad Public Services said: “It’s not every day that pupils get to see a Formula 1 car up close and in the flesh and hopefully the trip will inspire them to take an interest in what it takes to work for a team like Williams.

“The Southroyd Primary pupils were some of the best we have seen at the Batak machine and we hope that by learning new skills in a fun environment they’ll remember the trip for a long time to come.

“It’s proved a great opportunity for pupils to see the value of both teamwork and STEM subjects. Hopefully we've helped to inspire the next generation of budding engineers.”
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