IT’S an opportunity to put physics theory into practice, examine marketing strategies and discover some behind the scenes secrets of the world of V8 Supercars, and it’s also a great chance to watch some mighty powerful vehicles tear around Mt Panorama.
Nine Year 11 Design and Technology students from Canobolas Rural Technology High School visited the Bathurst 1000 yesterday as part of the Students On Track program run by V8 Supercars.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for students to make that connection between theory and what happens in the real world,” said Industrial Arts head teacher Matt Scott.
“The lessons learnt go beyond just engineering. They include maths, tourism, physical education, marketing, event management and media studies.”
Examining the stresses put on a vehicle and the speed at which work occurs in the pitstop is what appealed to student Jacob Wadwell.
“I’m interested in aerodynamics and just how they get the cars to go as fast as they do,” he said.
Gears have been around since the 27th century BC and have long been a design and technology curriculum standard.
“We’ll be investigating how gears and pulleys have been a part of modern vehicles since they began,” Mr Scott said.
Marketing is as much a part of modern racing as the vehicles are, and Mr Scott says that it will be a big part of their studies.
“They’ll be looking at the graphic design on the car, asking who the major sponsor is, what style of font they use and how it all fits into the overall marketing strategy,” Mr Scott said.