A strong challenge for the F1 in Schools World Champions title will be mounted by British teams heading to Singapore to attend the 2010 F1 in Schools World Finals. Held in the Asian outpost to coincide with the 2010 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, the World Finals will bring together 26 student teams from around the globe, all competing for the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships to City University London.
Representing England, the UK National Champions, Dynamic, from St. John Payne School, Chelmsford, Essex, face fierce competition from four other British teams. Wales will be represented by Team Zenith from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive, with Team Carbon from Regent House School, Newtownards, flying the flag for Northern Ireland. One of the collaborative teams competing at the World Finals includes British students, with TEAM Fusion, an English-Malaysian team, formed from students at Lutterworth College, Lutterworth and Sekolah Pertukangan Perantis Tentera Darat, Malaysia.
For most students it is holiday time, but for students from Dynamic, it's been a summer of being engrossed in Formula One, with the team totally focused on putting up the best entry possible for the F1 in Schools World Finals. Anna MacBride, Resources Manager for the team, says, “This 'experience of a life time' is sure taking a lot of my life time. But hey… it sure is worth it. We get endless fun out of this competition and a whole lot of valuable experiences. Knowledge that gives us a big boost on the career ladder, putting us a step ahead of many other people, as well as providing skills and experiences that money can't buy. For instance just the other week we were invited to go to a concert at the O2 arena in aid of the Transformation Trust. We were able to watch performances from the likes of The Wanted to The Saturdays.”
The Welsh all-girls team, Team Zenith, have put on some extremely successful fund-raising events for their trip to Singapore, including a Team Zenith Barn Dance, a Big Car Wash at Pontyclun fire station and a sell-out 'No School, No Rules' pop concert promoted extensively by the team including a town market stall to sell the tickets.
The English students from the England- Malaysia collaboration team have been having 'virtual' meetings, using web technology such as Skype to stay in touch with their team mates 6500 miles away. Their first face-to-face meeting will be on the eve of the World Finals, so all these students will be putting the finishing touches to their team on site at the event in Singapore. The workload is split between the two teams, Elliott Stark from Lutterworth College explains, “Their manufacturing manager (from the Malaysian school) and I will work closely during the design and manufacture process of the car, even though we have a seven hour time difference between us. He will help with the design, we will manufacture some parts on our 3D printer and ship them to Malaysia and so on. “
The 2010 F1 in Schools World Finals will bring together National Champions from F1 in Schools finals that have taken place over the past 12 months around the globe, as well as a number of collaborative teams formed from the runners-up.
This unique student challenge is the largest global educational initiative promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a model compressed air powered balsa wood F1 car of the future and it now takes place in 34 countries around the world, with an estimated 18000 schools competing.
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