Cardiff Racing regularly gets involved in various engagement events, which allows us to share our passion for engineering with the community.
Cardiff Racing is proud to support both Mind and Tŷ Hafan. Both charities do essential work in our community, and by partnering with them we can promote the amazing work that they do, providing support to those who need it most.
As a team we enjoy the opportunity to take part in various events around Cardiff and further afield. We see this as a great opportunity to share what we do as a team with others, and hopefully get people as excited about engineering as we are!
Every year Cardiff Racing visits many local primary and secondary schools to encourage pupils' interest in STEM; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Cardiff Racing presents the team to the school alongside its car and display. The team members explain the different aspects of the event, how we design, manufacture and test the car. Tailoring each event to the target audience we often bring along many other components of past cars to excite all ages. We can teach students about wings, engines, suspension, weight saving and much more. If pupils are really lucky, we also sometimes bring along our simulator for them to have a go in. We also regularly take students on a weeks work experience within the university - let us know if you're interested.
LITTLE DRAGONS RACING SIMULATOR
At many events and at University Open days, Cardiff Racing offers the chance to use our Racing Simulator. Built from the chassis of CR10, one of our earlier cars. The chassis is decorated with bright red dragons drawn by the children at schools we visited during STEM days as part of our outreach programme.The simulator itself utilises a games console and surround sound speakers to bring a Formula Student driving experience to the events we attend. It's easy to transport and is often one of the highlights of our visits to schools and other events.
Brain Games is an annual event hosted at the National Museum of Wales, to highlight the range of brain-related research that takes place at Cardiff University in a fun and accessible way. The event is free and is designed to showcase the power and mystery of our most vital organ - the human brain. Each year, we take our racing simulator and invert the screen, which presents a fun and unique challenge that is engaging for all ages.
For the BA Science and Engineering week, Cardiff Racing visits Techniquest in Cardiff Bay to present our car and team to the public. We give the opportunity for hands on experience, Q&A and involvement with our stand; even the chance to sit in a real racing car to promote science and technology to a younger audience.The event is always very popular with all ages of the public, with our stand attracting lots of positive interest and attention. Each year Cardiff Racing provides an enjoyable and informative display, which educates our audience with engineering knowledge whilst also advertising Cardiff University.
For a number of years, we have been invited to the Prescott Speed Hill climb weekend. We complete a parade lap of the historic course, along with other prominent UK teams, and promote Formula Student and our universities. It gives us a great opportunity to engage with the public, with people of all ages attending the event. The event falls in the handover period from one management team to the next for the UK teams and therefore it gives us a great opportunity to network with the other teams and talk about our strategies for the year ahead.
F1 IN SCHOOLS
F1 in schools provides an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. Teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate in the design, analysis, manufacture, testing and then racing of miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars. Cardiff Racing has a significant involvement in the South Wales region, attending the Regional Finals at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.This year our team members will display our team at the event also assisting with marshalling and judging.