media/page_content/Road rippers cropped.jpgThe Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge reached Scotland last Friday, as the third round of the Regional Finals took place at the Glasgow Science Centre. The efforts of the 'Road Rippers' from Lochgelly High School in Fife were rewarded with victory by being crowned Overall Winners of the Scottish regional final. The School also had success with their sister team 'XLR8', who were winners of the 11-14 age category, whilst the Rookie Team Award went to 'Atoms and Airbags' from Jordan Hill School. All three teams have secured a place to race in the UK National Finals to be held at Autosport International Show in January next year.

 

The aspiring F1 engineers, created a miniature Formula One car, which they raced along a 20 metre track against competitors from across the region. The fastest R-Type car during the day was built by Sonic Speed who set a time of 1.114 seconds, whilst also winning the award for 'Best Engineered car'. XLR8 from Lochgelly School took home the spoils of fastest D-Type car of the day, with a time of 1.192 seconds.

 

The discretionary award for Innovative Thinking went to The Hawks, from Glenrothes High School after they impressed the judges with their creation of a social networking site to raise awareness of their team. The Sponsorship and Marketing Award went to Encender from St Mungo's School, the team were backed by their loyal team mascot for the event. Whilst the Team Discipline award was given to Blink and you'll miss us, from Harris Academy.

 

F1 in Schools is a global multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged from 9-19 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture, test and race their miniature F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by compressed air cylinders. 

 

Working in teams of between three and six, the students prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship as well as designing and racing their car. The challenge inspires students to learn about science, maths, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.

 

The Scottish Finals were the second round of the 2008/09 season, as the F1 in Schools regional finals travel around the UK, taking in ten different venues with several hundred school teams taking part. The winning teams will then compete for national glory in January at the National Finals to be held on the 10/11th January at the Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham. The new National Champions will then represent the UK at the World Championships, which have previously been held alongside Formula One Grand Prix events, with last year's finals being held in Kuala Lumpur during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix weekend.

 

 

The Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge reached Scotland last Friday, as the third round of the Regional Finals took place at the Glasgow Science Centre. The efforts of the ‘Road Rippers’ from Lochgelly High School in Fife were...

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