Formula One experience for Ardudwy pupils

Date: 25/02/2019

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Pupils from Ysgol Ardudwy were recently treated to a Formula One experience on their doorstep, watching the testing of a classic sports car at Llanbedr’s Snowdonia Aerospace Centre.

The 1982 McLaren was brought to the Centre by owner Steve Hartley and Engineering Team Mirage for testing ahead of the this year’s FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, which will see classic F1 cars go head-to-head at seven locations across Europe.

Students got the opportunity to see some classic motorsport engineering – pioneering at its time, and still of the highest calibre – and to talk to the dedicated team of engineers who are still keeping the classic car in world-class condition, 37 years after it was built.

Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “We are very grateful to the owners of Snowdonia Aerospace Centre for opening up the opportunity for local pupils to experience this type of engineering work first hand. 

“We have been working closely with the Centre for many years now to develop high quality jobs to allow young people such as these to pursue careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) in their own communities.  We hope that activities such as this will open the eyes of Meirionnydd’s young people to the exciting opportunities that this type of career can bring.”

Lee Paul, Chief Executive of Snowdonia Aerospace added: “We are experiencing more and more interest from high quality companies, particularly in the fields of aviation and space, but also from other engineering sectors such as this, who are looking to both use our facilities and locate on site.  We are always keen to involve the local community in activities to showcase the site, and its potential to create sustainable jobs for the locality.”

The Centre forms part of Welsh Government’s Snowdonia Enterprize Zone, due to its potential to create high quality jobs both locally and nationally.

John Idris Jones, Chair of Snowdonia Enterprise Zone Board said: “It is so important for young people to gain positive and interesting experiences of STEM careers as early as possible, to shape their thinking in making educational choices. 

“I am delighted that this type of experience has been made available within the community of Ysgol Ardudwy, and am aware that this is only one of a series of STEM activities for local Young people being held on site, along with last the recent Drone Academy, and the forthcoming Engineering Challenge run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.”

PHOTOGRAPH: Ysgol Ardudwy pupils have the chance to see a Formula One sportscar testing at Llanbedr’s Snowdonia Aerospace Centre