Project aims to boost number of STEM students

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Formula One driver Jenson Button and McLaren have teamed up with GlaxoSmithKline to launch the Scientists in Sport campaign.

Launched as part of National Science Engineering Week, the initiative aims to inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at school. "The speed, drama, noise and glamour of Formula One may seem very different from a school science lesson, but our sport wouldn't exist without the tireless work and dedication of some of the world's cleverest scientists, engineers and mathematicians," said Button. "That's why I think it's so important for young people to stick with maths and science at school. In the future they might just find themselves designing a new grand prix car, or working in the pits analysing telemetry data." Part of the campaign is a 'Fast Forward Challenge', where budding engineers are challenged to devise a test which could be used to improve a Formula 1 driver's reactions. Winning schools will be given the opportunity to visit the McLaren Technology Centre and put their test into action with a member of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. "While not everyone can be a racing driver or work in Formula 1, maths and science can open up some amazing opportunities," Button concluded.