College students help local school pupils get on track


Three BTEC Level 3 Engineering students are working with year 11 pupils from Cyfarthfa High School to design an F1 car of the future.  


The project, part of the F1 in schools challenge, has seen them work with two teams of design and technology pupils at the school to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology to design a car and then build a prototype of the car powered by a compressed air gas cylinder. Student Brandon Jones, a past pupil of Cyfarthfa High School and leader for team A commented:

“As part of our independent investigation, we have to work with schools or organisations to develop an Engineering project. I thought that the F1 in schools challenge would be a fantastic way of taking forward this project whilst at the same time providing an opportunity to work with mentor year 11 pupils with an interest in engineering.


“I approached the design and technology tutors at the school and they were happy to come on board.”


Students Brody Donovan, past pupil of Bishop of Llandaff school and Liam Morgan, past Afon Taf pupil are jointly leading team B.  Brody said “Over the last few weeks, we have been going up to the school one day a week to work with the pupils on the design and prototype of the car. We’re now in the finishing stages and will be spray painting our designs this week.”


Both groups are now busy getting everything ready to present their designs and prototypes at the F1 South Wales regional competition to be held at the Liberty Stadium on 15th March.


Liam commented “We’re really looking forward to showcasing our end products. In addition to presenting our designs at the competition, we are also going to have a stand at the college’s next open evening and also go and talk to all of the year 10 and year 11 pupils at their school assemblies with the hope of encouraging them to see the opportunities they can get involved in if they choose to study engineering at the college.”


Brandon, who has a keen interest in Engineering, has applied to study Product Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University from September 2017. Brandon added “Working on this project with the year 11 pupils has inspired me to want to go on to become a design and technology teacher so I will be looking to progress on to a teacher training degree as soon as I complete my product design degree.


Staff at Cyfarthfa have been so impressed with Brandon that he has now been offered the opportunity to go up on a regular weekly basis to support and act as a mentor for all year 11 design and technology pupils.


You can follow the teams progress in the F1 Challenge through the college’s Twitter and Facebook accounts: @collegemerthyr and


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