The Right Honourable Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, welcomes the F1 in Schools Techology Challenge, saying, "It has never been more important to the UK economy to encourage pupils to consider careers Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Maths, and exciting initiatives like F1 in Schools help to do just that."

“I am delighted that London will host the World Championships later this year and we look forward to welcoming teams from around the world to our capital. The international dimension of this initiative is unique and with its multi-cultural learning opportunities it offers students the chance to expand their life skills, to develop a better understanding of the world beyond our shores and to appreciate the importance of education for a successful future. “

Vernon coaker mpF1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge which has developed from an inter-school national competition into a global challenge which embraces many of the core subjects within education, using the popularity of the high profile sport of Formula One to enrich their learning experience and skills. Over 30 countries across the world now operate this innovative programme, many of which have included it within the national curriculum.

In the UK F1 in Schools is open to all students from 9 -19 years old and it attracts entries from over 200 schools, with over 1000 students competing for a coveted place in the World Championships. At a global level F1 in Schools reaches over 12 million students in 31 countries.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, believes that government support of the programme is very important and says, “Having the support of the UK government for F1 in Schools is fundamental to our programme. As an international challenge we are involved with governments and education departments from many countries, so we are proud to have recognition for our work within the UK at this level. We will be hosting many high level officials from around the world at our World Championships, so the support of the DCSF is very appropriate to the event.

“In F1 in Schools we have captured the imagination of students by linking with the high profile sport of Formula 1 and with the support of the industry we have been able to use it to stimulate students and encourage them to develop their learning skills, expand their interpersonal communication and enjoy the challenge of education.”The 2009 F1 in Schools World Championships begins with a cultural exchange event with the students gathering to meet each other and exchange small cultural gifts at the IET headquarters in London. Three days of exciting competition precede a glittering awards ceremony and the crowning of the new World Champions.

Vernon coaker mp presents the 2nd place winners with thier awardIan Wright, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships will officially open the event on Tuesday 15th September and Vernon Coaker, Minister of State for Schools and Learners will officially close the event on the evening of Thursday 17th September.

For further information contact:

Alison Hill/Lucinda Brown

F1 in Schools Press Office

Tel: +44 (0)1327 856 060

Mob: +44 (0)7710 306588

Email: Alison@id-pr.co.uk

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DSCF) is supporting the 2009 Formula One in Schools World Championships which will be held from 15-17 September in London...

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