F1 in Schools, the Formula 1 supported global STEM challenge, is an education programme that has established itself as one of the premier competitions, that not only offers students an engaging and exciting learning experience, it also gives participants a head start on a career path for motorsport, Formula 1 and allied engineering industry.  The new season of the UK F1 in Schools programme has started with registration open for schools and students to sign up and get involved.

This year’s F1 in Schools programme sees a new class of competition added, aiming to encourage new entrants, with a simplified set of rules and regulations. It is a streamlined version of the current classes, offering a low-cost, time-efficient competition, which introduces students to the highly respected F1 in Schools programme.  The three classes create a tiered system with the Entry Class as the first step, the Development Class as a second level, moving on the Professional Class for the more experienced students. 

Schools can incorporate F1 in Schools into their curriculums and extra-curricular activities, as well as compete against other schools at a series of regional finals around the country. The best teams at each regional final will compete at the UK National Finals and for 2017, the Champions will win a  trip to the McLaren Technology Centre, home of the championship-winning McLaren F1 team and its sister automotive company, McLaren Cars. For the school of the winning team, F1 in Schools founding sponsor and supporter, Denford Ltd, will present them with a Denford MRC 40 machine, for routing, milling and engraving. 

The MRC 40 has a powerful 500W spindle motor and offers high speed manufacture linked with a large working envelope.  This versatile machine handles small engraving jobs; and the large working envelope and Z axis capability (110mm) is perfect for the manufacture of large 3D designs.  Set-up and tool changes are a simple process, and the MRC 40 will be supplied with a long series ball nose cutter and an F1 Fixture. 

The elite of the UK National Finals teams will be rewarded with a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals, set to be held at an international destination, alongside a of Formula 1 Grand Prix. These students compete for the coveted Bernie Eccelestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy, and highly valued City University London and University College London Engineering scholarships.

If your school would like to be involved in this great Formula 1 linked initiative, just head to www.f1inschools.co.uk and register to take part. 

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