Students from Durham Johnston School celebrated securing a place at the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought North East England Regional Finals which took place this week at Newcastle University Business School.
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.
The Durham school team called Blazing Hares with team members: Benjamin Lawson, Team Manager; Jonathan Lawson, Sponsorship Manager and Keiran Smith, Manufacturing Manager proved that hard work pays off when they took the Innovative Thinking Award and the Runners Up place in the F1 Class.
Blazing Hares is one of three teams from the North East England Regional Final who will be travelling to London for the F1 in Schools UK National Finals which takes place at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel, 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 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 North East England 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 East England 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 East England Regional Final:
Award Team School Town
1st place F1 Class Red Kite Racing Emmanuel college Gateshead
Runner up F1 Class Blazing Hares Durham Johnston School Durham
1st place Bloodhound Class A-PAC-ALYPSE George Stephenson High School Killingworth
Best Primary Team Fire Vipers Sacred Heart Primary School Newcastle
Fastest Car F1 Class Red Kite Racing - 1.166 secs Emmanuel college Gateshead
Fastest Car Bloodhound Class A-PAC-ALYPSE - 0.647 secs George Stephenson High School Killingworth
Best Engineered Car Red Kite Racing Emmanuel college Gateshead
Team Identity Award Lazer Racing Durham Johnston School Durham
Innovative Thinking Award Blazing Hares Durham Johnston School Durham
Team Sponsorship & Marketing Award Aero Angels St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School Peterlee
Judges Discretionary Award Rocket Gecko All Saints C of E College Trust Newcastle
Students from Durham Johnston School celebrated securing a place at the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought North East England Regional Finals which took place this week at Newcastle University Business School....
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