The 2015 F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair was a fitting backdrop for the current F1 in Schools World Champions, Colossus F1, to meet Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Colossus F1, a team of students from Robert May’s School in Odiham, Hampshire were visiting the UK Finals to support a younger team from their school and share their experience of the initiative with F1 in Schools participants. It was an unexpected moment for the team when Prince Andrew visited the F1 in Schools competition area at the exhibition and after an introduction from F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford, he took time out of his busy schedule to chat with the team about their success in the competition and the value of the competition to their career plans.
Vicky Waterfield, Team Manager of Colossus F1 said of meeting Prince Andrew, “I’ve never met royalty before, it was amazing. We talked to him about our journey in the F1 in Schools competition and its value to us. He asked us what made our car world-beating, so we explained the unique design elements and how we pushed the boundaries of the regulations to make the car as fast as possible.
“We were also explaining to him how F1 in Schools is not just about engineering, but also business management, design, media, so it opens your eyes to new career opportunities. We were telling him how we didn’t have any ideas of our career goals, but through F1 in Schools we now have clearer ambitions.”
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