Bridgend, Ammanford and Merthyr Tdfil students also win through to National Finals
A team of students from Barry Comprehensive celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought South Wales Regional Final which took place this week at the Swansea Water Front Museum.
This Formula One™ inspired educational challenge has captured the imagination of students up and down the country and with a place on the grid at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 to be held in Austin, Texas for the UK National Champions, every team put in hundreds of hours of work in their pursuit of the prize.
'BCS Racing', the team from Barry Comprehensive School, with team members: Bradley Cox, Manufacturing Engineer; Gareth Hurman, Design Engineer; Morgan Osborne, Graphic Designer; Mitchell Thorngate, Resources Manager and Jacob Vivian, Manufacturing Engineer, proved that hard work pays off as they collected the 1st Place F1 Class trophy, as well as the Fastest F1 Car Award, with the team's car racing down the track in a time of 1.428 seconds.
Gareth said of the team's success, “It's been pretty amazing, I didn't think we would win it, so it feels good, it hasn't sunk in yet that we will be going to London for the National Finals. You learn so much doing this challenge, particularly with the teamwork, getting together a group of people and working well as a team.”
BCS Racing were one of three teams who raced to victory at the Regional Final and will be representing their school at the F1 in Schools UK National Finals which takes place at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel, London on 15th and 16th March. Joining them in London will be Impact from Maesteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend and 'Unknown' from Pen Y Dre High School Merthyr Tydfil. In the Bloodhound Class the winning team was Team Burn from Amman Valley School, Ammanford and they will compete in the Bloodhound Class National Finals on 14th March at the Big Bang Fair.
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a 'pit' display at the Regional Final and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model cars on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.
In addition to representing their country at the World Finals, the F1 in Schools UK Champions and runners up will receive tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone. The National Champions will also win a Red Bull Racing F1 team factory tour and a TW STEEL Watch for each team member.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of this week's South Wales Regional Finals, “We're experiencing significant growth in the schools entering the challenge this season and the standards are extremely high. The students had to cope with the nerves of presenting to a panel of judges and the pressures of putting their models to the test against the best of the region and all the teams put up a great fight, with only a few points separating the top contenders for a place at the National Finals”.
Denford adds, “The challenge not only tests the students in many key areas of educational study such as the STEM subjects, but gives them an opportunity to gain experience of many life skills which will be invaluable in their future careers.”
The South Wales regional final took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Denford, and City University London all of whom are continuing their support of F1 in Schools for the coming year.Bridgend, Ammanford and Merthyr Tdfil students also win through to National Finals...
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