Team ignite with bbc f1 presenter jake humphries

The 2012 F1 in Schools™ UK National Champions from Dame Alice Owens School, Bedford, 'Team Ignite', were one of eight F1 in Schools teams visiting the inner sanctum of the 2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX, this weekend with privileged access to the paddock area at the Silverstone circuit. 

Silverstone Circuit and a number of Formula 1™ teams opened their garages to winning teams from the 2012 F1 in Schools UK National Finals and the students were given a unique insight of the behind-the-scenes activities within Formula 1.

“It is an amazing prize for the F1 in Schools National Finals winners to visit the Grand Prix,” said Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools. “Our thanks go to Silverstone Circuit for providing the students with fantastic grandstand seats to watch all the action and to Formula One Management and the F1 teams for their generosity in allowing the students to visit the paddock, tour the garages and soak up the incredible atmosphere at this very special event”.

Denford adds, “The students really appreciate the opportunity to experience Formula 1 and it just heightens their enthusiasm for the sport, which is developed through taking part in F1 in Schools. It also reinforces their determination to follow a career in engineering and many other disciplines, with the F1 industry using the best personnel from these areas for their teams.” 

BH draig with ferrari's rob smedleyAdrian Burke, Sales Director, Silverstone Circuits Ltd, commented, "Silverstone were delighted to support F1 in Schools and host the National Finals winners at the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. F1 in Schools is an enterprising and popular educational initiative which is expanding the interest in Formula 1 which can only be good for the future of British Motorsport. I am assured that all the students had a great time at the event and enjoyed seeing the spectacle of Formula 1 at the Home of British Motor Racing."

National Champions, Team Ignite, were joined at the Grand Prix by Whittle Wonders from North Leamington School, Leamington; Rush and Adrenaline, two teams from Robert May's School, Odiham; DART from PETROC, Barnstaple and Fast Lane from Ysgol Friars, Bangor. 

Each of the teams won a category in the F1 in Schools UK National Finals held at the start of the year. They fought off tough competition to take victory, using CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a model compressed air-powered balsa wood F1 car of the future. Regional heats brought together the best entries and at an intense two-day final at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair the champions were crowned. The trip to Silverstone for the 2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX topped off their success and is a fitting prize for their hard work. Team Ignite, the 2012 F1 in Schools National Champions are also preparing to represent the UK at a global level, travelling to Abu Dhabi for the 2012 F1 in Schools World Finals, which will be held alongside the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX at the amazing Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park.  Fast Lane will also be competing at the World Finals in Abu Dhabi representing Wales and Team Rush will represent England.  

Rush go behind the scenesTwo National Primary Champions teams, Team Phoenix from Ysgol Gynradd Y Bedol, Garnant and BH Draig from Bryn Hedydd, Rhyl also visited the event. The F1 in Schools Primary Challenge involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible in either a 2D or 3D challenge. In the 2D challenge pupils design a race car out of card then print and assemble it complete with wheels, body and a mini racing driver ready to race. In the 3D Challenge students use CAD software to design their car before machining a 3D model out of balsa wood with each team member taking responsibility for a specific element of the project.

F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, Science, marketing and technology.  F1 in Schools™ is supported by Formula One Management, and Bernie Ecclestone together with The IET and City University, London. 


The 2012 F1 in Schools™ UK National Champions from Dame Alice Owens School, Bedford, ‘Team Ignite’, were one of eight F1 in Schools teams visiting the inner sanctum of the 2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX, this weekend with privileged...

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