Fast Forward Challenge
The Fast Forward Challenge is our exciting school competition supporting Scientists in Sport in 2013 in partnership with the McLaren Group.
Congratulations to Waldegrave School who were announced as the Fast Forward Challenge Winners 2013 at the McLaren Technology Centre on 20 June. Check out our winners’ page for more information about all of our finalists.
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The Fast Forward Challenge competition has now closed!
Find out more about what the competition was all about below.
What was the competition all about?
Teams of students were invited to devise a test to help the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers improve their reaction time and concentration.
All shortlisted teams have been invited to the McLaren Technology Centre on 20 June 2013 for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the world-leading facilities, an opportunity to meet some of the most important people in the world of motorsport, and of course, the chance to present to a panel of expert judges to be crowned champions of the Fast Forward Challenge, 2013. The winning team on the day will also receive £1000 worth of school vouchers for new science equipment.
The competition closed on 24 May 2013.
What did teams have to do?
Students had to:
- Choose a test for reaction speed or concentration and think of something that affects it – like noise, tiredness, or distractions. How could they help drivers combat these?
- Devise an experiment to test their idea. It needed to be something that they could measure reliably (from physical movement to mental calculations), used equipment and tested subjects they could get at school, and above all was safe.
- Carry out their experiment and present their results – could they help us prepare Formula 1™ drivers for the mental and physical challenges of the Grand Prix circuit?
Students were given access to this example entry to get an idea of how to structure and present their work.
How did the challenge support the science curriculum for 11-14 year olds?
The Fast Forward Challenge supported the science curriculum by encouraging students to use scientific methods to devise, develop and test ideas and explanations. Working together to plan and carry out investigative activities, students needed to show creativity, flexibility and teamwork. Evaluating their evidence developed an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of scientific methodology. They also had fun!
- Entries had to reach us via email by 5pm on Friday 24 May 2013. No entries were accepted after this date.
- Shortlisted teams were contacted on Monday 3 June 2013 and had a further two weeks to prepare their presentation.
- All shortlisted teams were invited to go to the McLaren Technology Centre on 20 June 2013 to present their idea.
- All entries were judged based on the judging criteria set out below.
Our panel of independent judges were looking for quality of thinking and creativity of approach. We were not expecting anyone to make a Nobel Prize winning breakthrough in sports science – although their were some pretty impressive entries! The idea was to be able to demonstrate an ability to devise and carry out a scientific investigation which:
- Identified a clear question to explore
- Raised a testable hypothesis
- Had a carefully thought-out method to collect some reliable data
- Used the data to test the validity of the hypothesis
We just wanted to see some good science.
Terms and conditions
For further details, please read the full set of terms and conditions for the competition.