Success for Shockwave and ORKHID, two teams of students from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, and Nova Racing from Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, at the F1 in Schools™ North East Regional Finals has won each of the teams a place at the F1 in Schools National Finals.   It was an intense and hard-fought North East Regional Finals, hosted by Aspire Education, which took place this week at The Great Northern Museum, Newcastle.

The Shockwave team with team members Declan Southern, 15 year old Team Manager; James Rodger, Social and Marketing Co-ordinator, 15; Harry Wilson, Manufacturing Engineer, 16 and Andrew Sundin, CAD and CAM Engineer, 15, proved that hard work pays off when they won the F1 Class and Team Identity Award.

Declan Southern, Team Manager, Shockwave, said of F1 in Schools, “It’s been a fantastic experience which we’ve all learned a lot from. We’ve developed leadership skills that we wouldn’t have got anywhere else. We’re looking forward to improving the speed of our car for the National Finals and making sure it complies with all the regulations.”

ORKHID, with team members  Ishank Arora, Team Manager, 13; Ryan Cunningham, Manufacturing Engineer and Marketing Executive, 14, Kieron Forsyth, Graphic Designer,13; Haydn Lisk, Design Engineer,14; Oliver Cooper, Resources Manager, 13 and David Adamowiicz,  General Management, 14, won through to the F1 in Schools Bloodhound Class Finals.

Ishank Arora from ORKHID said afterwards, “It’s been a great competition so far. We’ve learned so much, particularly how important teamwork is and also using the design software has been good. We’re hoping to win at the National Finals, but we need to do some more work on the car, correcting some of the mistakes we made and improving our presentation.”

Nova Racing from Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, with Team Manager, Sukhdeep Srai, 14, along with Joel Exley, 14, Matt Hutton, 14, Akin Akingbade, 14 and James Reeve, 15, won the Fastest F1 car Award, Best Engineered Car Award and Best F1 Rookie team to claim a place at the F1 in Schools National Finals.

Nova Racing’s Sukhdeep Srai said of the event,” Well we weren’t actually expecting to win, but is just shows that if you put in lots of hard work then you get the rewards. We’re really looking forward to the Nationals and will be doing some more work ready for this, primarily looking to improve the car’s performance by getting rid of some weight from it.”

Joining these teams at the National Finals will be Alpha Project, a team from St Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee, who were runners up in the F1 Class of the North East F1 in Schools Regional Final and Technically Viral, also from St Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, who were runners up in the Bloodhound Class.


Shockwave from Emmanuel College pictured with Tina Lucas, Managing Director, Aspire Education

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