The Silverstone Circuit ‘Wing’ will host the F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2016 from 20th to 21st April this year, the first time that this prestigious event has been held at the famed British racing circuit. Silverstone is known as the home of British motor racing and first hosted the Formula 1 British Grand Prix in 1948, a fitting venue for the F1 in Schools event that inspires students to pursue a career in the motor racing industry.
The F1 in Schools UK National Finals draws together successful teams from ten regional finals and the cream of young engineering, entrepreneurial and creative talents will compete for the F1 in Schools UK National Champions title, that brings with it the chance to compete at the F1 in Schools World Finals which this year will be held in Austin, Texas, alongside the Formula 1 USA Grand Prix.
A 20 metres long F1 in Schools race track will dominate Hall 4 in the Wing, with the National Finals teams racing their miniature Formula 1 cars along the track in the blink of an eye, around one second. Surrounding the track will be the ‘pit’ of each of the teams, with displays of the work put into the design and manufacture of the scale-model race cars.
A new feature at this year’s event will be a showcase exhibition for education establishments and suppliers, with universities, design and technology companies and software producers presenting their offerings to the students and teachers attending the National Finals. In addition, the mezzanine area of Hall x will be the Teachers Lounge, with seminars through out the day for the teachers accompanying the competing students.
Andrew Denford says of this year’s F1 in Schools UK National Finals, “Silverstone is the obvious venue for our event and we’re delighted to be able to take advantage of the fantastic facilities in the Wing and enjoy its unique location at the heart of the circuit, with the pit garages underneath and the pitlane alongside it.
“This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. We’ve added the Teachers Lounge as a dedicated area for the hard-working adults who give up a lot of their time for the F1 in Schools teams, as well as the Showcase exhibition, which enables education-linked companies to capitalise on the event, with 300 plus talented students and their teachers attending.”
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula 1 team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula 1 Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a modelling block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display at the National Finals 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 metres test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.
The F1 in Schools National Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. F1 in Schools thanks The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Silverstone Circuit, EAL, OCR, Denford Limited, City University London, University College London, FIA Women in Motorsport, Luke 1977 and Tomorrow’s Engineers.
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