A team of students from Ysgol Botwnnog, Pwllheli and a team from Ysgol Friars, Bangor, triumphed in the North Wales Regional final of the 2010/11 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge yesterday. The Ysgol Bowtnnog team, Fflam, took victory in the F1 class, of the challenge (for students aged 14 19 years) and Fast Lane, a team from Ysgol Friars, won the Bloodhound Class (for students aged 11 14).  In the Primary F1 in Schools competition, Team X-Dream from Ysgol Talwrn, Talwrn, took first place and head to the Primary F1 in Schools National Finals.

Fflam celebrated taking the Best sponsorship and Marketing Award and the Fastest F1 car Award as well as booking themselves a place in the F1 in Schools UK National Finals with their class victory. Fast Lane won the Fastest Bloodhound car Award on route to winning their class. Both of these teams will travel to London next March to compete against regional winners from around the country in the UK National Finals which will be held at the Big Bang Science Fair at Excel in Docklands. Victory at this event will earn the winning team a coveted place at the F1 in Schools World Finals next year. 

The competition challenges students in the F1 class to design, construct and race a Formula 1 car of the future, made from a block of balsa wood, and powered by a compressed air canister. The car is raced over a 20 metre track and the fastest time is recorded. Younger students design, build and race a Bloodhound car, linking with the upcoming British attempt on the World Land speed record, with the Bloodhound project.

Aside from the on-track action, teams also produce supporting evidence of their design, develop a sponsorship and marketing campaign and produce team merchandise, with all these elements presented with their race car at the regional finals.

F1 in Schools aims to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One.  F1 in Schools is rapidly realising its potential of becoming the only truly global educational programme that raises awareness of Formula One among students and school children in every region, in every country, on every continent.  Spanning age ranges of 9 to19 its main objective is to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, mathematics, science, Formula One, science, marketing and technology

F1 in Schools is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged 9 to 19. The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative and exciting way.

Previous World Finals events have been held in Melbourne, Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, London, UK and most recently, Singapore. The Challenge, in its tenth year, was introduced to the UK in 2000 and since this time has expanded to 36 countries. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of Formula One Management gave his support to F1 in Schools by granting the challenge a world-wide protected trademark and a new logo in 2005. Since this time the initiative has built close links with teams and personalities within Formula One.

A team of students from Ysgol Botwnnog, Pwllheli and a team from Ysgol Friars, Bangor, triumphed in the North Wales Regional final of the 2010/11 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge yesterday....

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