The European leg of the Formula 1 season starts this week with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona and the Formula 1 in Schools STEM Challenge kicks off its new season in the UK with the new Technical Regulations now available to download here.

The world’s most exciting STEM initiative has captured the imagination of thousands of students over the last 15 years. Its mix of hands-on learning, teamwork and skills-building, together with the fun of creating a very quick racing car and the chance to compete internationally, has built F1 in School’s reputation for delivering a programme that schools and students demand. 

It is a programme that can fit into the curriculum or offered as an extra-curricular activity with three tiered classes to appeal to different age groups and abilities. At the entry level the basic rules and regulations are designed for a low-cost, time-efficient competition, appropriate for younger students and schools new to the programme. The Development and Professional Classes build on the foundations of the Entry Class with scope for students to explore design and engineering in greater depth. 

The programme, with its multi-disciplinary approach embracing key skills across STEM, while inspiring many students to consider engineering as a career, benefits all the students involved. It develops their confidence through team work and verbal presentations needed in the judging elements and often sparks a passion for a specific expertise, whether this is managing people, marketing the team or creating artistic graphics and displays. 

This Formula 1 supported global STEM programme is also a proven route to motorsport and automotive careers with former participants working in Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers, sports agencies and many more allied companies. 

The programme can be run in schools and clubs as a stand-alone activity, but also offers the chance for students to assess their performance against other schools at a series of regional finals around the country. The best teams at each regional final compete at the UK National Finals. The students win a trip to the headquarters of an F1 team, tickets to the FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone and F1 paddock access as well as the impressive F1 in Schools UK Champions trophy. For the school of the winning team, F1 in Schools founding sponsor and supporter, Denford Ltd, will present a Denford MRC 40 machine, for routing, milling and engraving.  

The elite of the UK National Finals teams will be rewarded with a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals, set to be held at an international destination, alongside a Formula 1 Grand Prix. These students compete for the coveted Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy, and highly valued City, University of London and University College London Engineering scholarships. 

If you would like to be involved in this exciting Formula 1 linked initiative, just head to www.f1inschools.co.uk and register to take part.     The Competition Regulations will be released week commencing 15th May and registration will also open during that week so be sure to register your team for the regional finals.  

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