A team of students from Connah's Quay School celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought North Wales Regional Finals which took place this week at Bangor University. 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.
Falcon F1 Team from Connah's Quay School with team members ,David Clark, Team Manager/Design Engineer; Nathan Eyton, Graphics/Marketing and Rhys Nimmo, Manufacturing Engineer proved that hard work pays off as they collected the 1st Place F1 Class trophy, as well as the Best Engineering Award and the Fastest F1 Car Award, with the team's car racing down the track in a time of 1.658 seconds. Falcon F1 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.
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 will create a 'pit' display at the Regional Final and showcase their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams will then race their model car 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 North 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 North Wales regional finals 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.
Full list of winners at F1 in Schools North Wales Regional Final:
Award Team School Town
1st place F1 Class Falcon F1 Connah's Quay High School Deeside
Runner up F1 Class AeroShock Ysgol Eirias High School Colwyn Bay
Fastest Car F1 Class Falcon F1 Connah's Quay High School Deeside
1st place Bloodhound Class BOLT Ysgol Glan Clwyd St. Asaph
Fastest Car Bloodhound Class BOLT Ysgol Glan Clwyd St. Asaph
Best Engineered Car Falcon F1 Connah's Quay High School Deeside
Best Rookie Team Nutrino St Brigids Denbigh
Team Identity Award Venom Prestatyn High School Prestatyn
Innovative Thinking Award Hyperion St Brigids Denbigh
Sponsorship & Marketing Award BOLT Ysgol Glan Clwyd St. Asaph
Judges Discretionary Award Mellt Y Moelwyn Ysgol Y Moelwyn Blaenau Ffestiniog
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