F1 in Schools™, a prestigious global STEM educational initiative, has teamed up with UCL Mechanical Engineering for a tie-up that combines practical assistance to participating teams in the London region and offers valuable bursaries to F1 in Schools UK National Champions and F1 in Schools World Champions.

Two bursaries worth £5000 per year will be available to eligible winners of the UK National Finals, starting with this year’s event which was won by Evolution F1, a team of students from Robert May’s School in Odiham, Hampshire. A full-fees bursary is on offer to a member of the winning F1 in Schools World Finals team and this will be introduced from this year’s event which will be held in Singapore in September.

Aside from offering bursaries, UCL Mechanical Engineering will also actively support students competing in F1 in Schools. UCL undergraduates will work as school ambassadors and team mentors, to provide assistance during the design, analysis and manufacturing phases. They will also encourage new teams, by supporting them through the challenges of the first year of competition.

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula 1 team to design, manufacture and race a miniature Formula 1 “Car of the Future”. The cars are 21cm-long scale models designed using 3D solid modelling software and machined from a block of balsa wood. They are then raced on a 20 metre track, covering the distance in just over one second. The programme is run in over 40 countries with regional and national finals events. Winners from each National Final compete at the highest level, the F1 in Schools World Finals, vying for the F1 in Schools World Champions title, the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, and scholarships to City University London and, as of this year, bursaries for UCL Mechanical Engineering.

Andrew Denford, Chairman and Founder of F1 in Schools says of the new tie-up, “It’s fantastic to have UCL Engineering on board with us. They are offering valuable financial support for our UK and World Finals winners, which is a major boost for F1 in Schools and to the winners.”

“The university is also providing support at the grassroots level of our programme, introducing new teams from the London area and mentoring them through the competition. This will be a great way to promote the engineering disciplines within F1 in Schools to the university’s target audience and to motivate students to consider courses such as those offered by UCL Mechanical Engineering.”

Dr Tim Baker, Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Engineering adds,

“I’m always keen to inspire young engineers and having learned more about F1 in Schools, we felt that it was a great project which we should be involved with and help to expand it. The students are very impressive – they understand the level of detail needed, the manufacturing techniques, the design processes – and these are the skills you need to go into a high tech industry.”

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2015 takes place from 13th to 16th September at World Resort Sentosa in Singapore, alongside the 2015 FIA FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

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