A team of students from Bradfield School, Sheffield, celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Finals which took place this week at TATA Steel, Scunthorpe. This Formula One™ inspired educational challenge has captured the imagination of students up and down the country and with a place on the grid at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 to be held in Austin, Texas for the UK National Champions, every team put in hundreds of hours of work in their pursuit of the prize.

 

Steel City Racing, a team from Bradfield School with team members: Jack Marsden, Resources Manager; Max Poulter, Design Engineer; George  Poulter, Design Engineer; Oliver Scott, Marketing; Brad Smith, Manufacturing Engineer and Kieren Howarth, Graphics Designer, proved that hard work pays off as they collected the 1st Place F1 Class trophy, as well as the Best Engineered Car Award and Fastest F1 Car Award, with the team's car racing down the track in a time of 1.235 seconds.

 

 Oliver Scott said of the team's success, “It feels really good to have won and not only winning a place at the National Finals but two other awards as well. We've put a lot of time and effort into it; we're very excited and looking forward to the Nationals in London. We will make some changes to the car for these, as we need to strengthen our rear wing and make the car more aerodynamic. I'm enjoying doing F1 in Schools, but we've been very nervous as to whether we had done enough to win.”

 

Steel City Racing were one of three teams who raced to victory at the Regional Final and will be representing their school at the F1 in Schools UK National Finals which takes place at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel, London on 15th and 16th March. Bradfield School also collected the Team Identity Award which was presented to a sister team of Steel City Racing, named AeroSpeed.

 

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 a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a 'pit' display at the Regional Final and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model cars on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.

 

In addition to representing their country at the World Finals, the F1 in Schools UK Champions and runners up will receive tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone. The National Champions will also win a Red Bull Racing F1 team factory tour and a TW STEEL Watch for each team member.

 

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of this week's Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Finals, “We're experiencing significant growth in the schools entering the challenge this season and the standards are extremely high. The students had to cope with the nerves of presenting to a panel of judges and the pressures of putting their models to the test against the best of the region and all the teams put up a great fight, with only a few points separating the top contenders for a place at the National Finals”.

 

Denford adds, “The challenge not only tests the students in many key areas of educational study such as the STEM subjects, but gives them an opportunity to gain experience of many life skills which will be invaluable in their future careers.”

 

The Yorkshire and Humberside regional finals took place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are the IET, Denford, and City University London all of whom are continuing their support of F1 in Schools for the coming year.

 

 

Full list of winners at F1 in Schools Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Final:

Award

Team

School

Town

1st place F1 Class

Steel City Racing

Bradfield School

Sheffield

Runner up F1 Class

Xstingwish

Salendine Nook High School

Huddersfield

1st place Bloodhound Class

Bolt

Castleford Academy

Castleford

Best Rookie Team

TITAN

Titus Salt School

Shipley

Fastest Car F1 Class

Steel City Racing - 1.235 secs

Bradfield School

Sheffield

Fastest Car Bloodhound Class

Bolt - 0.700 secs

Castleford Academy

Castleford

Best Engineered Car

Steel City Racing

Bradfield School

Sheffield

Team Identity Award

AeroSpeed

Bradfield School

Sheffield

Innovative Thinking Award

Synergy

Pudsey Grangefield

Pudsey, Leeds

Team Sponsorship & Marketing Award

Slake

Pudsey Grangefield

Pudsey, Leeds

Judges Discretionary Award

Adrenaline Rush

Trent Valley Academy

Gainsborough, Lincs

A team of students from Bradfield College, Sheffield, celebrated winning through to the F1 in Schools™ UK National Finals after an intense and hard-fought Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Finals which took place this week at TATA Steel, Scunthorpe..

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