It was a Welsh lock-out in the 2011 Primary F1 in Schools National Finals last week, with student teams from three Welsh schools taking all three podium places. Team X-Dream, a team of Primary School students from Ysgol y Talwrn, Llangefni, celebrated winning the 2011 Primary Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge 2011, held at the Big Bang Science Fair, ICC Excel, London. This primary school version of the prestigious F1 in Schools initiative is now in its fourth year and is becoming increasingly popular with both school children and teachers.
The winning school, Ysgol Y Talwrn, with only 36 pupils, was the smallest to reach the National Finals, and after competing for three consecutive years were delighted to finally take the title. The team comprises Alaw Williams, Team Leader, Owain Roberts, Design Engineer, Harri Williams, Manufacturing Engineer, Sara Hughes, Manufacturing Engineer, Hannah Henderson, Graphic Designer and Mari Hughes, Resource Manager.
Team X-Dream's Team Leader, Williams, said of winning, It's so amazing, we're so lucky to be here and didn't expect to win. Mari Hughes added, We're hoping to carry this on to secondary school and win again!. As part of the project the team were tasked with raising finance for the challenge, making £63 from selling their home made blackberry and apple jam, and over £1000 from a sponsored family bike ride. The team put tremendous effort into research for the project, including studying the aerodynamic shapes of F1 cars, visiting Santa Pod Raceway and being given a talk from Squadron Leader Egryn Huskisson from RAF Valley.
Runner Up to Team X-Dream was Need 4 Speed, a team from Ysgol Cae Top, Llangefni, who also won the Jaguar Best Engineered Car award with Team Dynamite from West Park Primary School, Port Talbot, in third place. Team Brent, West Winds Primary School, Newtownards celebrated having the quickest car on the track to win the Fastest Car Award, and collected the Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award. The Innovative Thinking award was won by United Paradise from Richmond Park Primary School and the tiger-painted faces of St. Chad's Tigers from St. Chad's CE Primary School helped the team win the Best Team Identity award.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, Primary F1 in Schools said of the National Finals, It's been a great competition this year, with the children showing an amazing level of engineering understanding, putting in plenty of creative thinking and working together so well to produce excellent teamwork. We're seeing very high standards of work from these youngsters and hope they will continue to participate through to the secondary level. I know from speaking with the tutors how valuable the project is for them and the benefits that they reap, so we hope that this stand of F1 in Schools will expand and go from strength to strength.
Primary F1 in Schools is an expansion of the core F1 in Schools programme for students aged 11 19 years, which was launched ten years ago and now operates in 36 countries worldwide. After a two year pilot programme, the Primary F1 in Schools initiatives was taken to a national level and after a series of regional events the top 10 teams competed at these National Finals. The competition challenges students to design, manufacture and race a miniature compressed air-powered racing car, introducing them to engineering and the key STEM subjects in a very compelling and fun educational programme.
Full results of Primary F1 in Schools 2010 National Finals
UK Champions Team X-Dream, Ysgol y Talwryn, Llangefni
Runners Up and Best Engineered Car Award Need 4 Speed, Ysgol Cae Top, Llangefni
3rd place Team Dynamite, West Park Primary School, Port Talbot
Phoenix F1, Ysgol Cae Top, Upper Bangor
Best Team Identity Award Chad's Tigers, St. Chad's Primary School, Brighouse
Fastest Car Award and Team Brent, West Winds Primary School,
Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award Newtownards, N Ireland
Innovative Thinking Award United Paradise, Richmond Park Primary School, Carmarthen
It was a Welsh lock-out in the 2011 Primary F1 in Schools National Finals last week, with student teams from three Welsh schools taking all three podium places. Team X-Dream, a team of Primary School students from Ysgol y Talwrn, Llangefni, celebrate
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