The opening Grand Prix of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2012 may be taking place in Australia this weekend, but there will also be F1 racing in Birmingham with thirty two student teams competing for the coveted F1 in Schools UK National Champions crown. This  global educational initiative, the world's biggest STEM competition, challenges teams to create their own scale model F1 car of the future and reaches its finale for this year's competition at the Big Bang Science Fair taking place at the NEC. 


The student teams are already winners, having beaten tough competition at Regional Finals around the country, to compete nationally. For the National Finals winners the challenge continues, with the title bringing the winning team a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals. The F1 in Schools challenge is well established, not just in the UK, but in over 35 countries and offers the ultimate prize for the World Champions of automotive and motorsport engineering scholarships at City University London. With the backing of Formula One from the series boss, Bernie Ecclestone, the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy is presented each year along with the scholarships.


With so much at stake, all the competing teams have been fitting in many hours of work to prepare for this National finals event and will have had little time to watch the sport from which the competition takes its inspiration. Putting the finishing touches to their race car liveries, completing the final test runs with their new cars, rehearsing their presentations and printing their portfolios, the students will be dedicating every spare minute to the competition.


Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, looks forward to the National Finals this week saying, “Every year I say that I am astounded by the professionalism, the innovation and the ingenuity of the competing teams and every year the finalists raise the bar in all aspects of their entries, whether it is a novel approach to marketing their team or the depth of research into the design of their wheels. The effort that these teams put into the search for the ultimate solution in design and the pursuit of speed never ceases to amaze me, so I'm very excited about this year's final.


“I can't predict the overall champions, but I do know that every team that enters F1 in Schools will have enjoyed the challenge set, will have experienced new skills, learned something about themselves and achieved success by producing their scale model F1 car. May the best team win.”


The competition challenges students to design, construct and race a race car of the future, made from a block of balsa wood, and powered by a compressed air canister. The car is raced over a 20 metre track and the fastest time is recorded. Aside from the on-track action, teams also produce supporting evidence of their design, develop a sponsorship and marketing campaign and produce team merchandise, with all these elements presented with their race car at the National Finals. Judges give marks in a number of categories and as well as the overall winner, individual category awards are also presented at the event closing ceremony.


The F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2012 take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are The IET, Jaguar, Silverstone Circuit, Autosport, Denford Limited, Tomorrow's Engineers, SolidWorks and City University London.




For further information contact:


Alison Hill, Press Officer, F1 in Schools

Tel: 01327 856060   Mobile: 07710 306588

Email: Alison@id-pr.co.uk


The opening Grand Prix of the FIA Formula 1™ World Championship 2012 may be taking place in Australia this weekend, but there will also be F1 racing in Birmingham with thirty two student teams competing for the coveted F1 in Schools™...

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