The pressure is mounting for school students up and down the country as they prepare for next month's finals of two prestigious competitions, F1 in Schools national finals of the GT in Schools Challenge and Primary F1 in Schools Challenge. Teams will be competing in the finals at the 2010 Big Bang: UK Young Scientists' and Engineers' Fair at Manchester Central Convention Complex from 11-13 March 2010.

 

Both GT and Primary F1 are part of a global initiative which uses the high-profile and high tech world of F1 and GT racing to engage with students and introduce them to engineering in a very compelling, and unique, educational programme. Students from as young as nine years old have taken up the challenge to design, manufacture and race a miniature compressed air-powered racing car.

The main F1 in Schools programme has been running for a decade and has been piloted in primary schools for the last two years.  12 teams have won through to the UK Finals from a series of regional events and they will now compete head-to-head for the accolade of Primary F1 in Schools UK Champions, the first time that this competition has taken place on a national level.

GT in Schools is aimed at students aged from 11 – 18 years (Key stages 3-5) and the challenge is to design, build and race a model GT sports car, closely following the real life process which engineers in automotive companies such as Jaguar Land Rover follow including sketching, modelling, analysing and testing as well as racing. The GT in Schools finals draws together regional finalist teams to compete against each other for the national title and a special trophy and prize presented by Jaguar Land Rover.

Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations for Jaguar Land Rover, says, "Jaguar as founder sponsors, have worked with F1 in Schools over the last 11 years helping to bring to life the real world of engineering to young people. Jaguar's return this year to the 24 hour Le Mans in GT Racing and the Jaguar RSR racing partnership highlights the need for engineers not only in racing but in the exciting world of automotive engineering and manufacturing".

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, says of the upcoming finals, “We're looking forward to two highly competitive finals at the Big Bang event, which is the perfect environment to showcase the talents of the competing students. I know the teams will have put in many hours of hard work to create their racing cars and we will be seeing plenty of innovation, ingenuity and determination as the students compete in these finals.

“These initiatives, with the backdrop of sports cars and racing cars, have sparked the interest of thousands of students and have proved to be a door-opener, a life-changing experience and the gateway to many new skills and employment opportunities. We wish all the students the best of luck next month.”

The GT in Schools Sports car challenge finals take place on 12th March and the Primary F1 in Schools finals will be held on 13th March at the Big Bang Science Fair. For further information on these initiatives and F1 in Schools including registration for entering, visit www.f1inschools.co.uk.

 

The pressure is mounting for school students up and down the country as they prepare for next month’s finals of two prestigious competitions, F1 in Schools national finals of the GT in Schools Challenge and Primary F1 in Schools Challenge...

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