Enigma UK, a student team from Robert Mays School, Odiham, Hampshire  represented the UK at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 held last month in Austin, Texas, alongside the UNITED STATES FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX and after an intense three days of competition, they were the top placed UK team finishing fourth overall, just one spot off the podium 

They team received four award nominations, winning the Enterprise Portfolio Award, with the judges commending the clarity, professionalism and documentation of their work in the portfolio.

Team Manager, Katelyn Chelberg, said of the team’s success, ”We’re really pleased to have done so well, we really didn’t think we’d finish as high as we did. We’ve worked so hard on this so to get an award has meant a lot to all of us. It’s been an amazing experience and we’ve enjoyed every minute of our trip to Austin.” 

All three team members who had applied for the prestigious Randstad Williams Engineering Academy won places – Cora Morrow, Nathan Bryce and Katelyn Chelberg. This innovative scheme sees Williams and Randstad mentor students from across the world as they bid to secure a career as a Formula One engineer. The entrants are selected exclusively from the F1 in Schools World Finals teams each year with only nine students accepted for this year’s intake.

Following a series of written submissions and group exercises that were overseen by a joint Williams and Randstad assessment panel, the students chosen for the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy demonstrated the passion, commitment and raw skills needed to join this exclusive programme.

Cora said after the announcement, “I have such a passion for engineering and this was just such a once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn’t turn it down. I was really pleased to reach the last 25 and didn’t even get think I’d get that far, so I was really surprised to be selected. I’m expecting the academy to broaden my knowledge, especially within motorsport and I just can’t wait to get started.” 

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 the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second. 

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 was won by a student team from Thessaloniki, Greece, with Infinite Racing from Mandoulides School, taking the World Champions crown and lifting the famous Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, the first team from Greece to be on the World Finals podium.  Australian team, Infinitude were runners-up to Infinite Racing, with Endeavour from Germany taking the third place podium spot. A total of 23 awards were presented at the glittering Awards Celebration Gala Dinner with a star-studded audience of Formula 1 team representatives, drivers and paddock personalities. The World Champions win coveted City University London and UCL Engineering scholarships.

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 took place with the assistance of a host of supporters including Formula One Management, Circuit Of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, Luke 1977, City University London and UCL Engineering.

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