F1 in Schools makes a pitstop at Autosport International Show in Birmingham this week, with this global educational challenge being showcased to thousands of visitors who visit this key event in the motor racing calendar.  

 

The Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge is a global competition taking place in over 30 countries, with students from 9-19 years being eligible to take part. With Formula 1 at its core, it is only fitting for the competition to be part of Europe's largest motorsport exhibition, with a display of the F1 in Schools competition and a 20 metres test track for show visitors to race examples of the model cars designed and built by students.

 

This unique student challenge is the largest global educational initiative. The students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a model compressed air powered balsa wood F1 car of the future. Each year the competition is hotly contested by some of the best young budding engineers from schools around the country, with each team presenting and racing their unique design of a scale model car.  The stakes are high for the students, not only for the pride of representing their school in this prestigious competition, but also for the accolade of being crowned F1 in Schools champion which brings with it the opportunity to compete internationally for the Bernie Ecclestone trophy and scholarships to City University, London. The 2010/11 finals will be held at the Big Bang Science Fair, Excel London in March this year.

 

The highlight of the competition is the time trials, with the teams racing their own car on a specially designed 20 metre track to test the speed of each F1 model. Powered by compressed air, the cars are fired down the track at a scale speed equivalent to over 220 mph. With the world record standing at just over one second, it's fast and furious action on the race track for these engineering protégés. At Autosport International this year visitors can test their reaction skills on the track and compare their times with some of the best students competing in F1 in Schools.

 

The F1 in Schools display is situated between the Main Hall and the Pistonheads Performance Car Show. For further information visit www.F1inSchools.co.uk

 

F1 in Schools makes a pitstop at Autosport International Show in Birmingham this week, with this global educational challenge being showcased to thousands of visitors who visit this key event in the motor racing calendar....

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