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F1 in Schools - A Life Changing Experience
Leading a group of students through F1 in Schools and using this unique challenge to deliver STEM subjects both in and out of the class room, is just as rewarding for you as a teacher as it is for your students taking part. F1 in Schools can be used as an education tool or hook to engage your students in STEM subjects to give both them and yourself the opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, presenting and team work. This will form the foundation of their future in any career path they choose to follow. This exciting education initiative provides you as a teacher the opportunity to run a real-life competition with your students 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 analyses using 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 You?
You will register your student team (up to 3 teams per school) to take part in your local Regional Final where they will 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 2015-16 challenge reached and exceeded all expectations, with 23 countries producing 37 teams to compete at the 2016 World Finals in Austin, Texas. The current World Champions are Infinite Racing the first team from Greece to receive the title! This year, we are expanding further and hope to have even more countries taking part in the 2017 World Finals in Malaysia, in what will be a spectacular competition.
How Do You Get Involved?
So you’d like to run F1 in Schools with your students? Follow the steps below to get involved and take part in the most exciting STEM challenge in the world…
- Register your team(s) to compete at 1 of 10 Regional Finals across the UK. Click here to Register now.
- Decide with your team(s) which class they will enter; Jaguar Primary School Challenge, Rookie Class, Formula One Class.
- Download the class specific Technical and Competition Rules and Regulations. Click here to download them now.
- READ the Rules and Regulations, then READ them AGAIN to make sure you understands what is needed to be done.
- Register and download your FREE copy Autodesk software. Click here to request Autodesk software.
- Once you feel confident enough to be able to secure a place at the regional final, every Development and Professional Class team will be required to raise a one-off registration fee for their regional final, of £75+VAT. Further details of this fee are explained in the Competition Regulations.
Manufacturing Centres, Test Centres and Race Centres
If you do not have the equipment to manufacture or test your car designs, F1 in Schools has partnered with a number of manufacturing, test and race centres across the country who are able to work with you to assist you and your team.
All details of accredited centres are posted on Manufacturing Centres page [Click here]. It could cost as little as £50 to get your team to a regional final.
Teacher Accreditation - Certificate of Professional Practice
Sign up online for The College of Teachers’ Professional Recognition Programme when you register for any of the F1 in Schools competitions, including the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge, and receive an internationally recognised qualification once your team reaches the chequered flag.
For the last 13 years, students taking part in the competition have received recognition for their superb achievements. But now, for the first time ever, as a teacher, technician or community group leader delivering the project to your students, you too will receive professional recognition through The College of Teachers for your own efforts. During the challenge you are encouraged to complete a blog or diary documenting your activities, which you will then use to write a short reflective report at the end, summarising the practical skills you have developed over the process – these skills include coaching and mentoring, curriculum development and evaluation of your own teaching and learning styles. This report is assessed and in return for your hard work and dedication you will receive a Certificate of Professional Practice, strengthening your CV and acknowledging your achievements. The Certificate of Professional Practice is awarded under The College of Teachers’ Royal Charter and can be taken at Levels 2 or 3.
Level 2 comprises 20 hours of notional learning time to include direct input, the planning and implementation of practical tasks and a final response. The final submission would be presented in the form of a personal reflection (1,000 words). The cost for this is £77, which includes Student Membership of The College of Teachers. Level 3 comprises 40 hours of notional learning time to include direct input, planning and implementation of practical tasks and a final assignment, which is a reflection on learning with a personal development plan (2,000 words). The cost for this is £118, which includes Student Membership of The College of Teachers. Level 3 is recommended for those who have undertaken the challenge before.
Whatever qualification you choose, as a Student Member of The College of Teachers, you will receive additional benefits including:
• Online access to EBSCO Education Research Complete, the world’s largest and most complete collection of over 1,500 full text education journals
• Online access to The College of Teachers’ quarterly journal Education Today
• Online access to The College of Teachers’ Newsletter
• Discounts from a number of educational resource suppliers
• Discounts on healthcare and other insurance
The College of Teachers was established in 1846, The College of Teachers is the UK’s professional membership organisation for teachers and the premium education provider of professional development qualifications. All qualifications awarded by The College are internationally recognised http://www.collegeofteachers.ac.uk.
For more information or to register for your Certificate of Professional Practice please follow this link: http://www.collegeofteachers.ac.uk/eim
To see the various schemes offering accreditation for your students, please see “I am a Student” Page.
Case Study - Margi Nanney (Unitus Racing - 2010 F1 in Schools World Champions, 2011 Third Place)
“I have witnessed first-hand how F1 in Schools can change the lives of students in every corner of the globe. As Advisor for Unitus Racing, 2010 F1 in Schools World Champions, I can truly attest to the fact that this is the best program to fully involve students in all of the interdisciplinary STEM skills associated with higher learning. In order to build tomorrow’s leaders, we must give students hands on opportunities that excite them to explore future careers in engineering. F1 in Schools meets this need and more. I encourage every technology teacher to get involved today.”
How to Request Autodesk CAD Software if you are a Teacher
We are delighted to have Autodesk as our Premium Global Software Partner, providing free tools for the next generation of design. Through F1 in Schools, schools are provided software to support their teams through the competition season.
How to Request Autodesk CAD Software if you are a Teacher
Teachers are able to request a free multi seat / network license of the suite of software for their school. If you are a teacher and are interested in applying for this then please click the 'Request Software Now' button at the bottom of this page and complete the request form. This request will then be sent to Autodesk who will review it and if successful will email you with your serial code and product key. Please note that it may take up to two weeks for your request to be approved.
For more information about how to request and access the software please read the 'Educational Institutional Software' section on pages 11-22 of the following document - How to Download Autodesk Software for F1 in Schools.
The Free Software comprises of the complete Autodesk suite including the following:
•Autodesk Flow Design
•Autodesk SIM CFD
Get up to speed quickly with our resources
Design and analysis of your car can start right now. Check out these Tutorial Videos to get you started with Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Showcase, and Autodesk Falcon.
Autodesk has developed training materials that will help students and mentors understand how to properly leverage the software solutions to design their cars. Check out these ibooks to help jump start the process.
Introduction to Autodesk® Inventor
Introduction to Autodesk® Project Falcon (airflow)
Introduction to Autodesk® Showcase
Autodesk Inventor F1 in Schools (Print Version)
Autodesk Inventor F1 in Schools (Screen Version)
Autodesk Showcase F1 in Schools (Print Version)
Autodesk Showcase F1 in Schools (Screen Version)
Introduction to Autodesk Flow Design F1 in Schools (Print Version)
Introduction to Autodesk Flow Design F1 in Schools (Screen Version)
Inventor Course F1 in Schools Dataset
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