Octane Racing from Dundalk Grammar School, have been declared the overall winners of the 2011 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society at the National Finals held in Griffith College Dublin today.
Team members Niall Donnolly, (Project Manager/Sponsorship and Marketing), Adam Matthews (Design Engineer), Kevin O'Malley (Manufacturing Engineer), Daniel Finnamore (Co-Design Engineer and Communications Manager), Daniel McCarthy-Edwards (Resource Manager) and Rollo Konig-Brock (Graphic and Web Designer) were coordinated by teacher Scott Nowell. The team fought off fierce competition from 23 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy as well as the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2011 World Finals in Malaysia in September. The overall winners receive €2,000 in prize money.
Work for the 2011 Finals began last September with schools registering their interest in competing. Intense competition followed with 600 students representing 150 second-level schools from across the country battling their way through the various stages of the competition to reach the National Finals.
In addition to racing head to head, the competing teams were judged on the quality of engineering, portfolio, resource management, marketing, graphic design and sponsorship activities and on a verbal presentation of their work.
“Congratulations to all the teams who took part in this year's competition. The standards were exceptionally high and it is always great to see how enthusiastic the students are about the competition” said ICS Skills CEO Jim Friars.
This is Dundalk Grammar School's fourth year in the competition and second consecutive winning of the National Finals.
Octane Racing will now progress to the World Finals which will be held in Malaysia in September where they will compete against national winners from 31 countries from around the world.
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About F1 in Schools™
Working in teams of between three and six, each student is assigned roles. The team prepares a business plan and, using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, designs a Formula One™ car of the future. Aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual reality wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD). Using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) software, the team can evaluate the most efficient machining strategy to make the car.
The Formula 1 international competition has this year challenged 7 million students across 32 countries to design, build and race compressed air-powered model F1 cars.
Éilis Fallon, Marketing & Communications Assistant, Irish Computer Society/ICS Skills
Leona Gregory, Marketing Executive, Irish Computer Society/ICS Skills
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