On Wednesday 13 April, ten girls from Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a very different day trip to Daytona Sandown Park karting track. ‘Dare to be Different’ (D2BD) is a new initiative launched by Susie Wolff, a former Formula 1 racing driver, to encourage girls to think about Motorsports and STEM career paths. D2BD is an organisation working to inspire women of all ages to break the mould in perceived male-dominated industries.
Throughout the day, the girls were introduced to all aspects of Motorsports on and off the track! The group enjoyed a fitness and nutrition session, performed a timed pit stop on a kart (and nearly achieved the fastest time!), had their photo taken with a Williams F1 car and experienced a session karting around the Daytona track.
The girls also had the opportunity to present a piece on camera with the Sky F1 team and participated in a STEM challenge – making a hovercraft from wall insulation, a shower curtain, lots of duct tape and a leaf blower.
It was a great day, and all of the girls had a fantastic time! The group have returned back to Abbot’s Hill as D2BD Deputies, ready to pass on their experiences and enthusiasm to the rest of the School!