The prospective students of the specialist engineering school based on Old Hall Road, received the thrilling experience as part of an exciting programme of taster events, which the UTC has planned in the run up to its opening in September.
The students, who will commence their studies at UTC Norfolk in Year 10 and Year 12, spent the morning learning about automotive engineering and vehicle dynamics, before being strapped into the ST Racing cars for a practical demonstration of understeering and oversteering.
Hollie Clements, 14 from Mundesley said she thoroughly enjoyed the event:
“It was a really good day. Before I got in the car, I was a bit nervous, but it was really exciting going around the track”.
Miss Clements, who has her sights set on travelling the world as a Conservation Engineer, said she was also looking forward to taking part in the German and Mandarin taster classes that the UTC has planned over the summer.
Similarly impressed with the experience was Samuel Kenny, 16 from Taverham. He commented:
“I really enjoyed the day. Going around the track was definitely nerve-wracking, but it was a great way to learn about the concepts and then experience them in motion”.
Mr Kenny, who wants to become a mechanical engineering in the RAF, said he was excited to be starting at the UTC. He said:
“I’m really looking forward to it and these taster events are a great way of mixing with the people who I’ll be sharing a school with come September”.
The ST Racing Experience is one of a number of engineering-related events that will enable UTC Norfolk students to learn more about the activities of the UTC’s employer sponsors.
One of these sponsors is ST Racing, which was established by Shawn Taylor in 2000 following a successful career in both motocross and motorsport. Amongst other activities ST Racing provides race-engineering support.
Shawn Taylor said: “We are really pleased to organise this event for the Pioneers and give them first-hand experience of the engineering principles behind vehicle dynamics, and how these can be applied to safe driving on the roads. I am very excited to be involved with this state-of-the-art facility and help the Pioneers achieve excellence in engineering.”
UTC Norfolk will combine an academic and technical education, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, for 14-19 year olds.
In addition, businesses including Lotus, Future Marine Services and Gardline will support the UTC Norfolk curriculum by setting Technical Challenges which will enable students to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world engineering problems.
The UTC’s employer partners will also be helping students to bridge the worlds of education and employment by providing work experience placements.
UTC Norfolk Principal, Alex Hayes, said the ST Racing experience illustrated the philosophy of the UTC. He said:
“One of the great advantages of the UTC is that we have employers such as Shawn on board who can help provide our students with unique learning experiences. It’s been great to see such enthusiasm from our students today, and I would like to thank Shawn and his team for a fantastic event”.