Yas marina circuitYas Marina Circuit has acquired the United Arab Emirates franchise for F1 in Schools, the world's leading multi-disciplinary challenge for 9-19 year-old students. The circuit will host an invitational national final of the competition in early June, which will see a UAE school team qualify for the world finals in Singapore in September.

Yas Marina Circuit is setting up the F1 in Schools Centre to enable visitors to the circuit to experience all aspects of the F1 in Schools challenge, making it the only Grand Prix track to have such a facility. The programme can last from a single term to a whole academic year - schools can decide their own schedule internally.

HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “F1 in Schools is a tremendous initiative that we are very proud to support. It gives UAE school students a genuine opportunity not only to design and create a car but also to develop an understanding of teamwork, organisation, business and finance. It is an example of how Yas Marina Circuit is becoming both a global centre of motorsport excellence and an integral part of the community year-round.”

Andrew denford and richard creganRichard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit and a patron of F1 in Schools in Ireland, said: “A number of schools across the UAE have participated in the F1 in Schools project over the past two years and those who feel ready will now compete here in June for a place in the world finals. We look forward to welcoming education visits as part of our circuit tours, and we will also be opening up the concept to corporate teams to enable adults to take part.”

F1 in Schools challenges students to use software to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1TM car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder.  Working in teams of three to six, the students must also prepare a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and make a presentation to a panel of judges.

ECHIS oman carAndrew Denford, Chairman of F1 in Schools, said: "F1 in Schools is delighted to have formed a partnership with Yas Marina Circuit. To have a centre of excellence for schools at one of the world's premier Grand Prix venues, and to open up the circuit to children across the Emirates, will be a huge boost to educating all ages about the excitement of the Formula 1™ business. It will also open their minds to the many career opportunities that the industry offers in engineering and other disciplines.

“We look forward to welcoming the next UAE national champions to our World Championships in Singapore in September and one day to hosting our World Championships at this tremendous location."

ends

Notes to editors:

Images: To download high resolution images of Yas Marina Circuit and related activities, please visit the media centre at: www.yasmarinacircuit.ae

About Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit is the world's newest Formula 1TM track and one of the most technologically advanced motor racing facilities ever developed. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts a programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. The Circuit caters for small and large groups through a variety of bespoke and scheduled activities, both on and off-track. Supplementary facilities on the Circuit include the Yas Drag Racing Centre and a Driving Academy.

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 1TM car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder.  Working in teams of three to six, the students must also prepare a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and make a presentation to a panel of judges.

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 then must 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 1TM car before analysing its efficiency in a virtual reality wind tunnel. Younger pupils in the 9-11 age group will design a dragster instead.

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 1.02 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

Email: Alison@id-pr.co.uk

Kawthar Bin Sulayem, Regional Media Manager, Yas Marina Circuit

Tel: +971 (0) 2 659 9236 Mobile: +971 (0) 50 358 8220
Email:
kawthar.binsulayem@eaa.gov.ae

Paul Quinn, International Media Manager, Yas Marina Circuit
Tel: +971 (0) 2 659 9416;  Mobile: +971 (0) 50 584 0950
Email:
paul.quinn@eaa.gov.ae

 

Yas Marina Circuit has acquired the United Arab Emirates franchise for F1 in Schools, the world’s leading multi-disciplinary challenge for 9-19 year-old students. The circuit will host an invitational national final of the competition in early...

Back to F1 in Schools World | Added 8 years ago