The educational and vocational benefits of competing in the Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge have always been one of the key attractions to schools and student teams.
Lees, Technical Engineer in the Pulse team from
Lees said of winning his work experience with the Renault Formula One team, “During the prize giving in
“I started five weeks ago at the factory, where I've been working in the Vehicle Performance Group department. My main project has been working with the engineers on a graphical user interface; it will simulate the ride on the car once it is finished. Working in such a professional and dedicated environment is a great learning experience for me. It's brilliant and really enjoyable. It is a very engaging job which constantly challenges you and presents you with new problems and the need to solve them.
“I will move onto the Research and Development department to broaden my experience which will be another excellent opportunity for me to learn another area of engineering. I will be working on fatigue testing and analysing how long parts will last on the car. That will be totally different for me to do for the next six weeks and I'm really looking forward to it.
“Part of my offer for my university place is dependent on me having time in industry and to have it at Renault F1 makes it even more prestigious. I have really enjoyed it so far, I would definitely consider this something I would like to do in the future.
“I would definitely recommend the F1 in Schools Challenge to anyone interested in engineering or the many other skill sets which this initiative uses. It has opened so many doors for us as a team. It has improved my maths, engineering and presentation skills, as well as giving me confidence to talk in front of people. I've learnt that the saying 'if at first you don't succeed, try, try again' is absolutely true. It took us nearly four years in the competition to win the World Championship title and we succeeded in the end.”
Executive Director of Engineering of the Renault F1 team, Pat Symonds, commented, “I first met Andrew and the Pulse team at the world finals in
The F1 in Schools challenge encourages students to design and build a scale Formula One car out of balsa wood using CAD/CAM software. The car is then raced down a 20 metre track powered by a compressed air canister. The teams also replicate a Formula One pit garage/display for their cars, create team wear and develop marketing programmes for their team. The 2009 F1 in Schools World Championships take place
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