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Formula 1 in Schools

27th Mar

Spanning an age range from 9 to 19, the Formula 1 in Schools challenge, offers an exciting, hands-on way to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related subjects. It is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market. The competition creates a fun and motivating environment for young people, providing an informative and realistic view on engineering related careers as well as marketing, technology and Formula One. F1 in Schools is a social enterprise, working with industry partners to provide an educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. F1 in Schools is a global programme bringing together bright young minds from different schools across regions, nations and continents.

The competition is to design, construct and race the fastest Formula One car of the future, powered by compressed air cylinders. Teams use CAD/CAM software to collaborate design, analyse, manufacture, test their inventions. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about design, manufacture, branding, graphics, science, sponsorship, leadership/teamwork, media skills, marketing, public speaking and financial strategy, and apply them in a realistic, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. There are several steps to the competition: participants have to raise sponsorship, prepare a business plan and develop a budget. Teams are encouraged to build industry and business links, emulate the most efficient machining strategy to produce the car, test all functions of the vehicle such as Aerodynamics. The students then have to put together and informative display, showcasing all stages of their work. Judges question teams on the production process of their cars and portfolios, they are then required to give a verbal presentation covering all aspects of the challenge. Finally, the last test: Race Time.

Winners of the Regional Finals:

  • Engima UK, Robert May’s School, Odiham, Hampshire
  • Unity, Emmanuel College, Gateshead
  • Storm Racing, Sandbach High School & Sixth Form,  Sandbach
  • Formula Force, Knox Academy, Haddington
  • LunAR Advanced Racing, The Crypt School, Gloucester
  • Stormforce, Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley
  • Academy Racing, WMG Academy for Young Engineers, Coventry
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