Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit will host 33 teams of F1 in Schools World Finalists from 22 countries next month when they congregate in Abu Dhabi for the eighth F1 in Schools World Finals. Aeroflux 2.0 from Aberdeen Grammar School is a team of six boys: Craig Walton is the Team Manager, Lead Designer is Hugh Cruickshank, Matthew Henderson is Production Engineer, Jack Hughes is Support Engineer, with Michael Cameron, Resource Manager and Michael Buchan, Team Administrator.

The students are putting the final touches to their F1 scale model cars, rehearsing their presentations and finishing their portfolios ready for three days of intense competition in the pursuit of the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy and City University, London scholarships. 

This annual event, being held from 29th to 31st October to coincide with the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, will be a life-changing experience for all the students and for many it will be their first overseas trip.  Countries competing at the World Finals for the first time include Greece, Austria, Mexico and Jordan. 

Craig Walton, Aeroflux 2.0 Team Manager says of the trip to Abu Dhabi, “We're still working on our car and we're close to the adding the final touches and painting it in a new livery. Our pit display is being manufactured and that will be sent out to Abu Dhabi in the next couple of weeks.”

“Since the National Finals when we were selected to represent Scotland at the World Finals we've finished secondary school and have just started university, so it has been a bit more of a challenge in terms of being able to work together as a team, but we've managed to deal with this. During the summer we all met in Glasgow for a week to work on the project, spending about nine hours each day, so that was very intense.  None of us have been to Abu Dhabi before, so we're looking forward to seeing what it's like and going to the Grand Prix will be great too.”

F1 in Schools is the largest, and most successful, educational initiative in the world, with 40 countries operating the programme, from Kenya to Oman, Kazakhstan to Vietnam and many more. The power of Formula 1 and the challenge of designing, building, testing, and racing a miniature F1 car of the future has reached over 20 million students, with over one million involved each year from over 20,000 schools.  

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, looks ahead saying, “We're just over a month away from staging our eighth F1 in Schools World Finals and I'm sure all the teams are getting very excited and nervous about their trip to Abu Dhabi. The goal for every team competing will be to lift the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy above their heads and I know it will be the toughest race to the chequered flag for all these students.  Their journey, whether they win or lose, will be an enriching experience, with the peers they will meet from different cultures, religions, and lifestyles, as well as the lifeskills they will acquire from working closely in a team and pushing themselves to the limit in their efforts to win.”

“F1 in Schools at its heart is designed to engage students in the key learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which are valuable assets for future careers in many sectors of industry. The World Finals deliver so much more than this for students and although they will have excelled with their commitment and dedication to producing the best model F1 car possible, they will also be amazing ambassadors for their country and take home one of the most unique, and special memories, of their life.  Abu Dhabi is set to change the lives of all of these young people and we look forward to a great week there.”

The F1 in Schools World Finals teams, with three to six members in each, have won through from their National Final and in many countries, they will have had to win a Regional Final along the way, to represent their county at this international event.  6 of the teams will be collaborations, with two teams from different countries combining their skills and presenting themselves as one team to compete with other collaborations and national champions, an opportunity offered to each National Finals' runners-up team. The collaboration teams communicate by virtual technologies such as CISCO WebEx before finally meeting each other for the first time when they arrive in Abu Dhabi.

The F1 in Schools World Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, Etihad Airways, Pirelli, Hexagon Metrology, The IET, and City University London.

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For further information contact:

Alison Hill

Press Officer

F1 in Schools

Tel: 01327 856060

Mobile: 07710 306588

Alison@id-pr.co.uk

About F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, Science, marketing and technology.  Students are given a brief to design a model compressed air powered F1 Car of the future using CAD/CAM Engineering techniques. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track. At the World Finals each team will bring 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 just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.

 

Aeroflux 2.0 from Aberdeen Grammar School is a team of six boys...

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