F1 IN SCHOOLS WELCOMES MONISHA KALTENBORN AS GLOBAL PATRON
F1 in Schools™, the Formula One™ Technology Challenge, welcomes a new patron for this global educational challenge initiative, high profile Formula One personality, Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO of the Swiss based Sauber F1 team.
F1 in Schools is privileged to have an illustrious roster of Patrons, with Kaltenborn joining an impressive roll call of Formula One names which includes Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal; Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of 2010 and 2011 World Championship winning team, Red Bull Racing; Caterham F1's technical chief, Mike Gascoyne, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team principal, Ross Brawn and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, James Allen.
Kaltenborn says of being a Patron for F1 in Schools, “F1 in Schools is an excellent educational programme which is introducing students to the many disciplines needed for careers within motorsport, offering an exciting and practical competitive environment to learn key skills used in racing, particularly within the engineering sector. “
Andrew Denford, Chairman and Founder, F1 in Schools is delighted to have the support of Kaltenborn for F1 in Schools, commenting, “We are very pleased that Monisha agreed to be a Patron of F1 in Schools. She is an excellent role-model for our students who aspire to careers within the motorsport sector and we value her association with our programme.”
The first woman to head up the business operation of an F1 team when she was appointed in 2010, Kaltenborn is also involved in the FIA's Women in Motorsport Commission (WMC) founded in April 2010 and headed by Michèle Mouton. The WMC recently agreed to support F1 in Schools, presenting a trophy recognising female talent at the forthcoming F1 in Schools World Finals 2012.
“As a member of the Women in Motorsports Commission, I'm delighted to see that the Commission is now collaborating with F1 in Schools” says Kaltenborn. “I truly believe that this initiative will help to attract girls to be engaged in motorsports. I don't see any reason why girls should not be successful there. What they need is the necessary level of support from their environment. I really hope to see a woman competing in Formula One in the future, fighting for victories.”
F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students are given a brief to design a model compressed air powered F1 Car of the future using CAD/CAM. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students, brings together their work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track.
F1 in Schools™, the Formula One™ Technology Challenge, welcomes a new patron for this global educational challenge initiative, high profile Formula One personality, Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO of the Swiss based Sauber F1 team....
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