As a team member your child will register to take part in your local Regional Final where they compete against other teams from your area. Regional winners will go through to the UK National Final to compete again against other regional win...Read More
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F1 in Schools - A Life Changing Experience with Amazing Career Opportunities
Every parent wants their children to gain the most from their time in education and learn the skills that will form the foundation of their future in any career path they choose to follow. F1 in Schools provides just that! F1 in Schools gives students a unique opportunity to develop key skills such as; communication, presenting and team work whilst having fun by taking part in the world’s biggest and most exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge. This exciting education initiative provides teachers with the opportunity to run a real-life competition with your children where they follow the same processes real Formula One teams follow from their initial business plan through to their car design. They will be using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, data analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and drag calculation software, Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to manufacture their car, and wind and smoke tunnels for testing. Finally they will race their car on our 20m F1 in Schools race track to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car.
Where Could F1 in Schools Take Your Child?
As a team member your child will register to take part in your local Regional Final where they compete against other teams from your area. Regional winners will go through to the UK National Final to compete again against other regional winners for the title of UK National Champions. This process is repeated around the world in over 40 countries where National Champions from every country are invited to compete at the World Finals where they will go head to head to become the F1 in Schools World Champions and lift the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy. The 2014-15 challenge reached and exceeded all expectations, with 23 countries producing 38 teams to compete at the 2015 World Finals in Singapore. The current World Champions are Union Racing International, a collaboration team from Germany & USA. This year, we are expanding further and hope to have even more countries taking part in the 2016 World Finals in Austin Texas, in what will be a spectacular competition.
How Can Your Child Get Involved?
The following steps below will help your child to get involved and take part in the most exciting STEM challenge in the world…
1. Speak to your child’s teacher at school (a head of department in either the D&T, Science or Engineering department) about F1 in Schools.
2. Encourage your child to form a team of between 3-6 team members aged 9-19 with their friends.
3. Help your child to decide which competition class they will enter; Jaguar Primary School 2D Challenge, Bloodhound SSC Primary Challenge, Rookie Class, Formula 1 Class.
4. Encourage your child to allocate team job roles as detailed on “I am a Student” page.
5. Help your child to register their team to compete at 1 of 10 Regional Finals across the UK. [Click here to register]
6. Download the class specific Technical and Competition Rules and Regulations. [Click here to download them now]
7. Encourage your child’s team to sit down a READ the Rules and Regulations, then READ them AGAIN to make sure everyone understands what is needed to be done.
8. Register and download a FREE copy Autodesk software. [Click here to request Autodesk software]
As well as the certificate that each F1 in Schools competitor receives it is also possible to gain other awards, with the work completed by the students for the challenge. Below are a few of the schemes that can be accessed through the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. If you would like any further details about the schemes mentioned below, please contact us.
• CREST Awards - CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) is the nationwide award scheme for project work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The scheme recognises project work at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The criteria at each award level focuses on the individual students’ creativity, problem solving skills and communication skills. Please contact your local CREST coordinator (contact details listed on the CREST website) to discuss how your F1 in Schools project work can be used to gain CREST award. www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest.
• Duke of Edinburgh Award - The Duke of Edinburgh Award is split into five sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Expedition and Residential Project. The work done for the F1 in Schools challenge can be used as part of the 'skills' section of the award. Those entering this scheme need to think creatively and make sure you keep records of all your work using an activities log. www.theaward.org.
• The Year in Industry - The Year in Industry or YINI, as it is also known, is a scheme for 'gap year' students who want to spend a year in industry before or during university. So after competing in F1 in Schools, students can take a year out in the engineering industry before going into further education. www.yini.org.uk.
• The Big Bang Fair - The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the UK’s biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people and aims to celebrate and inspire them. Involving over 150 organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, and reaching out to schools and students across the country, The Big Bang represents a true partnership of the UK’s science and engineering communities. The Big Bang Fair is held annually at the NEC, Birmingham. www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.
Please find below a number of website links to organisations who offer career advice, support and information for students…
Tomorrow’s Engineers is a one stop shop for information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering.
Best Course 4 Me helps students make those all-important university and career choices.
Engineering careers offers useful and interesting information about engineering apprentices, highlighting the wealth of opportunities available through a career in engineering and the vocational route into industry.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has lots of personal career stories and their rewarding experiences from their chosen career paths.
Ideas, careers info and advice for budding female engineers
Higher Education Careers Services Unit
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service for the UK
Case Study - Linda Linwood (Parent of an F1 in Schools Competitor)
“My son, James, has been taking part in F1 in Schools for the last three years and has loved every minute of it. Through his involvement he has had a taste of the world of engineering and has now decided that this is the career for him (prior this he wanted to be a lawyer!). This competition has given James experiences that he would never have otherwise had including a reason and desire to use every element of CAD/CAM software which has helped him have a predicted grade of A* in his D & T Graphic Products”.
“He has also had to learn how to deal with sponsors and outside professionals which is another skill he would not otherwise have been able to develop. James has also been working to nurture the lower school and his team has been running lunchtime sessions with the younger pupils. Through this there is now a real ‘buzz’ about F1 in Schools in the school which the team is very proud of. How many parents of teenagers can report that their son always seems to be at school staying late and going in on insets and weekends? James is now very excited to be taking part in the World Finals in October”.
“As a parent I would just like to thank F1 in Schools for providing such an amazing competition and helping James to decide his future career path. I think it was an inspired idea”.