It's GO, GO, GO next week for the 2011 Formula 1 in Schools Technology Challenge National Finals, being held at the Big Bang Science Fair in London. Twenty eight student teams are getting ready for this prestigious competition, having won through from Regional Finals across the UK. 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.

F1 in Schools, now in its 11th year, is one of the most exciting student STEM initiatives offered to schools – at both primary and secondary levels. The National Finals champions will receive a unique insight into the world of Formula 1 winning a Red Bull Racing factory tour, as well as a trip to this year's Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix in July. 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.

Winning the 2011 National Finals next week will put one student team on the way to this prize and with the World Finals held each year in an international location, the students will have a once-in-a-lifetime trip. In previous years, the UK National Finalists have travelled to Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as being the home nation in 2009.

The National Finals next week will be the culmination of months of effort, with team work and commitment playing a key role for each student team. Up to six students in each team will have assigned themselves specific roles and worked with their fellow students to produce a Formula 1 race car of the future. An expert panel of judges will not only be looking for a fast car, they will be rewarding innovation, presentation and the approach to the challenge, as well as marketing concepts, sponsorship acquisition, and the engineering techniques employed in the design and manufacture of the car. New to this year's National Finals will be the introduction of an award sponsored by Ferrari. This award will be presented to the team that best demonstrates their use of Research and Development (R&D). It will be presented to a team which demonstrates excellence, leadership and innovation in the application of Research and Development to the design, concept, technology or materials

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, looks forward to the National Finals next week saying, “I am always surprised and excited by the work of the students taking part in F1 in Schools. Just as in the sport of Formula 1 we see teams pushing the boundaries of the rules and regulations in their determination to produce the best car; putting many hours into testing and perfecting their car and also paying great attention to detail in the visual identity of their team. I am sure we will see high standards and plenty of innovation next week on route to crowning our new National Champions.”

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.

Competing teams – F1 in Schools:

AeroFlux.

Aberdeen Grammar School

Aberdeen

Apollo

Ysgol Grango

Holywell

Ballistics

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School

Pontyclun

Blur

Robert May's School

Odiham

Bullfighters

LSA Technology & Performing Arts College

Lancashire

Carbon FibreZ

St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School

Sunderland

Chemical X

Castleford High School

Castleford

Dart Racing

PETROC

Barnstaple

Dynamic

St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School

Rayleigh

Dynámico

Sir John Leman High School

Beccles

Enigma

St. Dunstans

Glastonbury

Fast Lane

Ysgol Friars

Bangor

Fenominal Iron

Emmanuel College

Gateshead

Fflam

Ysgol Botwnnog

Pwllheli

Flare

Amman Valley School

Ammanford

Fusion

Dame Alice Owens School

Potters Bar

GS Velocity

George Stephenson High School

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Hughes' Honeyz

Winterton Comprehensive School

Scunthrope

Inferno

Maesteg Comprehensive School

Maesteg

Newland

Newland School for Girls

Hull

Regis Racing

The Regis School

Bognor Regis

Rugby GP

Rugby School

Rugby

Scintilla

Ribblesdale School

Clitheroe

Team Revolution

Neale-Wade Community College

March

Team Vitesse

Devonport High School for Boys

Plymouth

The Upgrades

Kilmarnock Academy

Strathaven

Velox Racing

Chesterfield High School

Crosby

Victoria Vipers

Victoria College

Belfast

Competing teams – Primary F1 in Schools:

Blaze of Fire

Greenfield Primary School

Countesthorpe

Electric Shock

Lindley Junior School

Huddersfield

Maltspeeders

Lindley Junior School

Huddersfield

Need 4 Speed

Ysgol Cae Top

Llandefni

St. Chad's Tigers

St Chad's Primary School

Brighouse

Team Brent

West Winds Primary School

Newtownards

Team Dynamite

West Park Primary School

Port Talbot

Team Velocity

Lumley Junior School

Co. Durham

Team X-Dream

Ysgol y Talwrn

Llandefni

United Paradise

Richmond Park Primary School

Carmarthen

Velocity Vipers

Norman Street Primary School

Carlisle

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