A team of students from LSA Technology and Performing Arts College, Lytham St. Anne's and a team from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College, Skelmersdale celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought North West Regional Finals which took place this week at the Jaguar Land Rover Halewood plant. This Formula One™ inspired educational challenge has captured the imagination of students up and down the country and with a place on the grid at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 to be held in Austin, Texas for the UK National Champions, every team put in hundreds of hours of work in their pursuit of the prize.
'Mary's Angels' from LSA Technology and Peforming Arts College with team members Mary Andersley, Manufacturing Engineer; Adam Chapman, Design Engineer; Jim Christou, Graphic Designer; Josh Cooper, Design Engineer and Luis Robson, Resources Manager
proved that hard work pays off as they collected the 1st Place F1 Class trophy, as well as the Fastest F1 Class Car Award with the team's model car racing down the track in a time of 1.136 seconds. LSA Technology and Performing Arts College proved to be the school to beat at the North West Regional Final with five teams from the school collecting eight awards.
Luis Robson, Team Manager, 'Mary's Angels' said of the team's success, “We came here not thinking we would win. We obviously wanted to win, but we knew we were up against some other good teams from our school, one of these teams won the regional last year. We're looking forward to going to the National Finals, but there will be lots of work to prepare. We'll keep the same car design, but we'll make some tweaks particularly for the front wing.”
'Mary's Angels' will be joined by the runners up in the F1 Class, 'Kinetic' from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College at the F1 in Schools UK National Finals which takes place at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel, London on 15th and 16th March. One of the sister teams from the school, Silver Bullet, won the Bloodhound Class to compete in the National Finals for this class which will be held on 14th March at the Big Bang Fair.
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students will create a 'pit' display at the Regional Final and showcase their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams will then race their model car on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.
In addition to representing their country at the World Finals, the F1 in Schools UK Champions and runners up will receive tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone. The National Champions will also win a Red Bull Racing F1 team factory tour and a TW STEEL Watch for each team member.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of this week's North West Regional Finals, “We're experiencing significant growth in the schools entering the challenge this season and the standards are extremely high. The students had to cope with the nerves of presenting to a panel of judges and the pressures of putting their models to the test against the best of the region and all the teams put up a great fight, with only a few points separating the top contenders for a place at the National Finals”.
“The challenge not only tests the students in many key areas of educational study such as the STEM subjects, but gives them an opportunity to gain experience of many life skills which will be invaluable in their future careers.”
The North West regional finals took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Denford, and City University London all of whom are continuing their support of F1 in Schools for the coming year.
Full list of Award Winners at the F1 in Schools North West Regional Finals:
Award Team School Town
1st place F1 Class Mary's Angels LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Runner up F1 Class Kinetic Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College Skelmersdale
1st place Bloodhound Class Silver Bullet LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Best Primary Team Rapid Raptors Norman Street Primary School Carlisle
Fastest Car F1 Class Mary's Angels LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Fastest Car Bloodhound Class Silver Bullet LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Best Engineered Car Beach's Bombers LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Team Identity Award Flaming Phoenixes Norman Street Primary School Carlisle
Innovative Thinking Award Viper LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Team Sponsorship & Marketing Award Beach's Bombers LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
Judges Discretionary Award Arctic Frost LSA Technology & Performing Arts College Lytham St Anne's
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