Pupils’ F1 insight

Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India Formula One team visited St

Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India Formula One team visited St John's school this week. Some of the students who were from the Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai and currently studying at St John's School are pictured with Rob and a Force India carbon fibre end plate which helps to secure the rear wing of the racing car. Ref shs 16-16SH 0843. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

A Formula 1 engineer paid a special visit to youngsters at Sidmouth’s St John’s School.

Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India Formula One team visited St

Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India Formula One team visited St John's school this week. Some of the students who were from the Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai and currently studying at St John's School are pictured with Rob and a Force India carbon fibre end plate which helps to secure the rear wing of the racing car. Ref shs 16-16SH 0843. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Rob Dunster-Ashworth, of the Force India team, met with pupils last Friday (April 15).

As part of his visit, Rob held a workshop with a visiting group of students from the Bombay Scottish School, in Mumbai.

He spoke about his background at school and university, before discussing the differences between a Formula 1 car and a road vehicle.

The pupils then watched 10 crashes and discussed how the structure of a car keeps the driver safe.

Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India Formula One team visited St

Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India Formula One team visited St John's school this week. Some of the students who were from the Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai and currently studying at St John's School are pictured with Rob and a Force India carbon fibre end plate which helps to secure the rear wing of the racing car. Ref shs 16-16SH 0843. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant


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They were then split into two groups - one looked at how to program a microcontroller to turn on an LED, while the other manufactured a crumple zone for the front of a trolley, before testing to see if an egg travelled and stayed safe when it crashed.

Rob also brought a number of parts from Formula 1 cars, which were put on display.

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A school spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank Rob for taking time out to come into St John’s for this fascinating insight into F1.”

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