Ngee ann polytechnic convention centreF1 in Schools is delighted to announce that the sixth F1 in Schools World Championships will be held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Convention Centre in Singapore prior to the FIA Formula One Singapore Grand Prix. Having hosted the Singapore national championships for the last fiveyears, the polytechnic is well-placed to organise the premier event in the F1 in Schools calendar, which is expected to be Ngee ann polytechnicattended by over 250 students from around the globe.

The event will take place from 19th – 26th September, with the two main competition days on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st September. The event culminates with the final stage, the Knockout racing competition, which will be held on 23rd September.  A glittering awards celebration will be the finale to an intense week of highly pressured racing, presentations and judging. This will be attended by a number of dignitaries and invited guests from the world of Formula One.

Ngee ann polytechnicAndrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, commented, “We are indebted to Ngee Ann Polytechnic for agreeing to host our 2010 World Championships and we are looking forward to a very exciting event. The Polytechnic has tremendous facilities and I know that they will provide us with a superb backdrop to this prestigious competition.  We have very specific demands, with the many different elements which comprise F1 in Schools, but I know that this first-class venue will be able to cope admirably. We are looking forward to meeting all our competitors at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in September.”

Ngee ann polytechnic convention centreFoo See Meng, Deputy Principal, Ngee Ann Polytechnic said of the announcement, "Ngee Ann Polytechnic is honoured to be the host of the F1 in Schools World Championships 2010. Having held the national competition in Singapore at our Convention Centre, we are delighted to play a key role in this international event. This highly-charged motorsport event is a fantastic platform to get students excited about engineering and design.”

The 2010 F1 in Schools World Championships will bring together National Champions from F1 in Schools competitions around the globe, as well as a number of collaborative teams with teams from two different countries competing together. This unique student challenge is the largest global educational initiative that raises awareness of Formula One and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 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 takes place in over 30 countries around the world, with an estimated 6 million school children competing.


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Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Convention Centre, Singapore

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Ngee Ann Polytechnic is one of Singapore's leading institutions of higher learning, with over 15,000 full-time students, about 1,500 part-time students and a vibrant alumni community of more than 100,000. The polytechnic offers 47 full-time diplomas in diverse areas such as business, engineering, sciences, infocomm technology, media and humanities, and a wide range of part-time programmes.

The polytechnic aims to provide relevant, balanced and value-added curricula by creating an effective teaching and learning environment.

As the first polytechnic in Singapore to introduce interdisciplinary studies to students, Ngee Ann pioneered a broad-based and multi-disciplinary approach to learning. It was the first polytechnic in Singapore to launch Mobile e-Learning (MeL) in 1999, integrating a notebook ownership scheme, a wireless campus network and an e-learning platform. The entire polytechnic is now fully enabled for students to connect to the wireless network. About 95% of all the teaching modules are now available online.

Ngee Ann was also the first to partner an overseas educational institution to offer a degree under the Ministry of Education's Polytechnic-Foreign Specialised Institution collaboration framework. Another key thrust for the polytechnic is forging partnerships with industry and research partners to enrich students' learning journey and keep them up-to-date with market practices. For more information, please visit

About F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge for students aged 9 to 19. The founding constitution of F1 in Schools stipulates that it shall remain a not-for-profit organisation. Based in London and supported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, funds are raised through sponsorship and invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative and exciting way.

F1 in Schools challenges students to use software to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder. Participating teams all receive a starter kit that includes all basic materials, including a block of balsa wood from which their car will be fabricated. They write a business plan, prepare a budget and raise sponsorship through cooperation with the business community.  Using CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, the teams design a Formula 1car before analysing its efficiency in a virtual reality wind tunnel.

The cars are then fabricated with the use of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software before being tested in wind and smoke tunnels. The final part of the challenge is the race, with teams competing along a special 20-metre straight track. The cars must cover the distance as quickly as possible – the current record is just 1.020 seconds! Each school finds its own winning team and they then move to regional, national and international competition at the F1 in Schools World Championships. The overall winners will receive the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy at the world finals in Singapore. All members of the winning team will also receive a four-year university scholarship.

For more information please contact:

Alison Hill, Press Officer, F1 in Schools

Tel: +44 (0)1327 856060 Mobile: +44 (0)7710 306588


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