Changing lives around the world
Spanning age ranges of 9 to 19 our main objective is to help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology.
F1 in Schools Ltd is a social enterprise working with committed industry partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. F1 in Schools is the only truly global educational programme that raises awareness of STEM and Formula One among students and school children in every region, in every country, on every continent.
Offering a way to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related subjects in such an exciting way is achieving great results and we know we are increasing the intake of students into Engineering careers. We are privileged to have the support of the Formula One™ community – in particular Mr Ecclestone at FOM and, of course, the Formula One™ teams who make our students welcome in the F1™ paddock and in their factories.
There are many success stories who have actually come through our initiative and have gone on to achieve significant outcomes in their lives including positions in Formula One teams.
As F1 in Schools moves into the future we will continue to expand into more and more countries. This is largest and most successful school based STEM program in the world and we will continue to grow on our success.
44 countries... 20 million students... 1 experience of a lifetime!
Where could F1 in Schools Take You?
- F1 in Schools Ltd is a not-for-profit company established with committed partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One.
- F1 in Schools the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars.
- It is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market.
- Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation.
- The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
- The founding constitution of F1 in Schools stipulates that it is, and shall remain, a not-for-profit organisation. Funds raised through sponsorship are invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. All income is deployed in accordance with guidelines laid down by Formula One Management.
The Competition - What's It All About?
You are a Formula One™ team commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest Formula One Car of the Future, powered by compressed air cylinders.
- Form a team - form a team of 3 – 6, think of a name, decide job roles; Team Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Graphic Designer and Resource Manager. Now register for regional finals.
- Business and Sponsorship - plan and prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship. Teams are encouraged to collaborate with industry and create business links.
- Design - using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, design an F1 car of the future to the specifications set by the International Rules Committee just like in Formula One™.
- Analyse - aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD).
- Make - using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car.
- Test - aerodynamics are tested in wind and smoke tunnels.
- Pit Booth - put together an informative display showing your work through all stages of the project. Think about your team identity.
- Scrutineering - cars are submitted to Parc Ferme where the judges scrutinize every dimension to check they comply with the Rules and Regulations.
- Engineering Judging - judges question teams on how their cars has been manufactured and why particular designs were chosen.
- Verbal Presentation - prepare a presentation to perform to a panel of judges covering all aspects of the challenge. This will be completed within a set time limit.
- Portfolio Judging - put together two 10 page A3 portfolios, one enterprise portfolio (documenting your buisness strategy) and one engineering portfolio (documenting the construction of your car).
- Race - time to track test what your team has worked so hard together to achieve a winning car.