Leading aeronautic and space company, Airbus, has partnered with the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge for the 2018 UK National Finals of this global education programme.   

Airbus graduates have developed a series of online tutorials on aerodynamics as a resource for teachers and students and to assist the F1 in Schools teams with the development of their cars for the National Finals.  The company will also showcase career opportunities including their apprenticeship programmes with a display stand at the event. In addition, Airbus personnel will join the judging panel to assess the F1 in Schools National Finals teams’ work. The event will include Airbus branding to promote the company’s support and an Airbus representative will also present one of the category awards, the Knockout Racing Award. 

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, says of the tie-up, “We’re very pleased to welcome Airbus as a partner for our UK National Finals. There is obvious synergy between Airbus and the F1 in Schools programme, and with their leadership in the field of aerodynamics our students will benefit from this valuable expertise". 

The Challenge includes many skills that students need as they enter their careers and Airbus will have access to some of the brightest Engineering talents who will be competing at the National Finals. I’m sure Airbus will reap the rewards of partnering with us, promoting the career opportunities with this world-beating company.” 

Gavin Jones, Head of Early Careers, Airbus UK, added: “Airbus are committed to inspiring the next generation of Engineers and are therefore very excited about the partnership with F1 in Schools. The competition is a great way in which our company can engage with students who are already pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity. Supporting students in the competition also helps Airbus Engineers appreciate the ideas and mind-sets of the young people who could become our Engineers and leaders of the future.” 

The prestigious F1 in Schools STEM Challenge runs in 45 countries and the competition, with three classes – entry, development and professional – challenges students to design, develop, manufacture and race a scale model Formula 1 race car. UK National Finals winners will have the opportunity to represent their country at the World Finals, which this year will be held in Singapore alongside the 2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. The UK National Finals will be held on 19th and 20th March at the famous Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire.

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