10 July - Maths in motion car design


Having beaten over 1000 other competitors, for the second year running two Year 8s, won a place to represent St. Olave's at the final of the Jaguar Maths in motion competition. Faced with the task of designing a car, and then racing it in a simulation against other schools, there would be much careful calculation required if they were to succeed. During the initial design phase, the Olave's car was positioned at 5th place on the grid (out of 30), but some last minute alterations and practice laps by some of the competitors left them finally starting in 12th position. Although the car was well designed, the weather conditions were against us and our choice of tyres made cornering in the rain difficult. After 72 laps of the brands hatch course, we finished in a respectable 18th place.

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