Teams of students from Fife Young Engineers, Fife, and Harris Academy, Dundee triumphed in the Scottish final of the 2009 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge held this week at the Glasgow Science Centre. A team of students from Fife Young Engineers, 'Exceleration', took overall victory in the Formula 1 class and a sister team from Fife Young Engineers, 'Team Electro' won the Bloodhound SSC class. The team named 'Blink and You'll Miss Us' from Harris Academy won the Best Rookie class and with these wins all three teams have booked their places at the UK National finals of this global competition.
The UK National Finals will be held at Autosport International Show in January next year. Victory at this event will earn the winning team a place in the 2010 F1 in School World Championships which will be held at an international Formula One Grand Prix.
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 regional finals.
Fife Young Engineers, an after-school club, brings together students from schools in the region and gives them the opportunity to collaborate on F1 in Schools entries and other similar initiatives. The club were well represented at the F1 in Schools event and aside from picking up two of the three major titles, they also scooped four other awards. Team Electro won the Fastest Bloodhound SSC car award, while Exceleration took the Innovative Thinking Award. A third Fife Young Engineers team, Thunderbolts, picked up awards for the Fastest F1 class car and Best Engineered car. The Harris Academy rookie team took the Team Identity Award, while the Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award was presented to The Hawks from Glenrothes High School. The award for Perseverance in the face of adversity was presented to Velocidade from St. Mungo's High School, Falkirk
The Challenge, in its ninth year, was introduced to the UK in 2000 and since this time has expanded to over 30 countries, with over 9 million students taking part around the globe. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of Formula One Management gave his support to F1 in Schools by granting the challenge a world-wide protected trademark and a new logo in 2005. Since this time the initiative has built close links with teams and personalities within Formula One.
F1 in Schools is regarded by the Formula One fraternity as a platform for introducing Formula One to a global teen demographic. The student challenge is also helping Formula One shed its image as an elitist sport accessible only to multi-million pound budgets; on the contrary, F1 in Schools is open to any school with access to a simple computer.
The Scottish finals took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Corus, Denford, Jaguar, The City University, London and KHP Consulting all of whom are continuing their support of F1 in Schools for the coming year.
Full list of winners:
1st place, Formula 1 Class Exceleration, Fife Young Engineers
1st place, Bloodhound SSC Class Team Electro, Fife Young Engineers
Best Rookie Team Blink and You'll Miss Us, Harris Academy, Dundee
Best Engineered Car Thunderbolts, Fife Young Engineers
Fastest Formula 1 Class car Thunderbolts, Fife Young Engineers (1.186 seconds)
Fastest Bloodhound SSC Class Team Electro, Fife Young Engineers (1.163 seconds)
Best Team Identity Blink and You'll Miss Us, Harris Academy, Dundee
Innovative Thinking Award Exceleration, Fife Young Engineers
Best Sponsorship & Marketing The Hawks, Glenrothes High School
Perseverance in the face of adversity Velocidade, St. Mungo's High School, Falkirk
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