Young people given opportunity to ‘hangout’ with McLaren and GSK sports scientists

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As part of GSK’s Scientists in Sport programme, young people are being invited to join a Google Hangout with sports performance experts from the McLaren Group, home of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, and GSK.

GSK’s Scientists in Sport Google Hangout is a unique opportunity for schools across the country to get an insight into the science that helps us to win races.

Scientists in Sport is a campaign run by GSK, in partnership with the McLaren Group, which uses the excitement of sport to inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths.

The campaign includes the ‘Fast Forward Challenge’, where budding scientists have been challenged to devise a test which could be used to improve a Formula 1 driver’s reactions. Schools that have made it through to the final are now being invited to the first ever Scientists in Sport Google Hangout, to ask McLaren and GSK questions about the science which makes sporting success possible.

The Google Hangout will take place at 4:00 pm BST on the 13th June 2013, please visit our Google+ page to join the Hangout. Pupils, teachers, science clubs and youth groups are also being invited to watch live or to view the footage which will be available on YouTube to learn about the exciting science behind sport.

Discussing the Scientists in Sport campaign, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “Formula 1 couldn’t happen without some of the brightest scientific brains working to develop amazing technology to make our cars go faster and our drivers achieve their potential. F1 is just one of the extremely creative, varied and rewarding opportunities that are open to young people if they study science and maths.

He added: “GSK’s Scientists in Sport Google Hangout is a unique opportunity for schools across the country to get an insight into the science that helps us to win races.”

Patrick Vallance, President of R&D at GSK said: “We believe that great science is about doing things differently and pushing boundaries. We’re passionate about helping young people make the connection between studying science and understanding where that may lead them in their future career choices. Bringing real life science direct to the classroom in this way helps to show students just how exciting and relevant science is.”

GSK’s Scientists in Sport programme fully supports the science curriculum for 11-14 year olds and provides teachers with resources, including interactive activities, lesson plans and lab ideas, and worksheets for use to help bring STEM to life in the classroom via a dedicated website.

The interactive Scientists in Sport website is now live. Visit http://www.scientistsinsport.com for more information or follow the campaign at @GSKScience.

About Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren founded the McLaren team in 1963. It entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966 and won its first Grand Prix in 1968. More than 40 years and 182 Grand Prix victories later, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is still renowned as one of the sport’s most successful teams, and has won eight constructors’ and 12 drivers’ championships with motorsport legends Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

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