Throughout the week the new year 10 students took part in a range of educational and leisure based activities. The classroom lessons involved PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic), English, maths, science and engineering. The engineering lessons, which were taught alongside Harper Adams lecturers included vehicle configuration, traction and power, steering and suspension and chassis design.
The students took part in two fantastic engineering based lessons today; traction and power and steering and suspension.
Traction and Power
The students used battery powered model vehicles with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and four wheel drive to experiment with. Firstly the students had to weigh the vehicles using an electronic digital scale. The students then had to measure the amount of drawbar pull of each vehicle on different surfaces; AstroTurf, smooth concrete, loose sand and rough concrete. The students recorded and analysed the results from each test. Another experiment for the students was to analyse other battery powered model vehicles as they climbed a 30 degree inclined ramp, both in front and rear wheel drive.
Suspension and steering
The suspension and steering lessons were set in the soil barn at Harper Adams. Students were taught different types of suspension and their purpose and also experimented with a small vehicle to analyse the turning circles with different configurations.
The students were given a wooden board with fixed steel pegs in different positions and various plastic gears. The students had to put the gears onto the pegs to make a gear combination according to the provided chart and then fill in the results of revolution that the driven gear makes.
The outdoor activities consisted of a climbing wall, Segway, archery and team building.