The Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, has sent a message of support to F1 in Schools, the largest global educational initiative, in the lead up to the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals which will be held this year in Austin, Texas.
Cameron’s message of support says,
“From product design to marketing, practical physics to budgeting, F1 in Schools is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop a wide range of useful skills in a fun and exciting environment. Through its challenging international competition, F1 in Schools plays an important role in inspiring the next generation of engineers around the world. I would like to wish all the competitors every success in the World Finals in Austin, Texas, in November.”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools says of this milestone for F1 in Schools, “We are indebted to Mr Cameron for sending us this message of support. We are always keen to receive recognition of the value of the F1 in Schools programme and there is no better endorsement than from our Prime Minister.
He continues, “Recognition of the role that F1 in Schools can play within the education environment is important to us, as we continue in our mission to continue to broaden the reach of F1 in Schools, both within the UK and in other countries. We currently run the programme in over 40 countries and this is rapidly expanding as we increase the profile of the programme and engage the support of government in the nations in which we operate.”
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 and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model car on a specially designed 20 metre test track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second. The Challenge, in its thirteenth year, was introduced to the UK in 2000 and since this time has expanded to over 40 countries, reaching over 20 million students taking part around the globe.
F1 in Schools will stage its ninth World Finals event in Austin, Texas, alongside the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX to be held at Circuit of The Americas in November. It will be the first time that the F1 in Schools World Finals will have been held in the United States, with the 2012 event having taken place at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Each of the National Champions is invited to compete at the World Finals and the 2nd and 3rd podium place teams are invited to participate by forming collaboration teams, linking with the runner-up teams from another country. The collaboration teams communicate by virtual technologies such as CISCO WebEx before finally meeting each other for the first time when they arrive at the World Finals.
The Finals are held over the course of three days with the teams brought together for the biggest challenge of their young lives, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships at City University London.
F1 in Schools engages with students through the universal popularity and magnetic appeal of Formula One and provides a foundation for career choice in all the areas covered by the challenge from business management to marketing, design to engineering. The students have earned work placements and careers in prestigious companies within engineering, motorsport and Formula One, demonstrating the value of taking on the challenge presented by F1 in Schools.
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