The Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge will hold its fifth World Championships in the competition's founding country when over 30 teams from around the globe gather at London's Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre
The World Championships of this Formula 1 linked global challenge brings together teams of students aged 11 to 19 from around the world who have each competed in their home countries and won through to represent their nation. They compete for the ultimate prize, a scholarship to City University London and the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone trophy.
The competition for victory is as tense as an F1 Grand Prix. With three days of competition, the student teams have to be well-prepared for the Championships, developing their miniature race cars to be as quick as possible – within tight technical regulations – using advanced engineering technologies similar to those used in the real world of Formula 1. It is not just the car itself which will be judged by a panel of scrutineers, it is also the students, with each team member participating in a highly polished presentation about their race team and its car as well as creating a stylish 'pit display' of their team's entry.
F1 in Schools is more than just an engineering based competition; it is a cultural experience for students. It will be the first overseas trip for many of them and a chance to learn about education in other parts of the world. For some teams, it will be the first time that they have met other team members. The unique 'collaborative' teams are two schools from different countries linking together to submit an entry into the World Championships. With the two schools represented by up to three students each, communication techniques to develop the car include the Webex live conferencing system, email and social networking sites. The collaborative teams include
F1 in Schools Founder, Andrew Denford commented, “With its unequivocal position as the centre of motorsport excellence, the selection of the
Last year the F1 in Schools World Finals were held in
Denford predicts a tough fight for the title this year, saying, “The current F1 in Schools Champions are from the
The aim of F1 in Schools is to encourage students to consider engineering as a career, highlighting the positive nature of all that embraces engineering in a fun and positive way. The challenge is for school children aged 11 to 19 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture, test and race a 20th scale model F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by compressed air cylinders.
The team also produces a supporting portfolio and present in front a panel of judges to show a thorough understanding of the process. Additional credit is given to those teams showing great initiative in areas such as sponsorship, marketing, and website design. Teams are also encouraged to replicate other important aspects of Formula One teams, by creating their own 'pit displays', team wear and merchandise.
The 2009 F1 in Schools World Championships begins with a cultural exchange event with the students gathering to meet each other and exchange small cultural gifts at the IET headquarters in
22 April 2009.../The Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge will hold its fifth World Championships in the competition’s founding country when over 30 teams from around the globe gather at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre
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