A SUMMER OF STEM: F1 ® IN SCHOOLS TO HOST UK NATIONAL FINAL AT UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS IN JUNE/JULY
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Lenovo UK National Final will be held at the fantastic University of Leeds on June 29th – July 1st. The three-day event will see over 50 teams from across the UK competing for a place on the podium and a coveted space at the 2024 Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals.
Covering ages 9 - 19, the Secondary Class will compete over the first two days, and the Primary Class will run over the final third day; with the winning teams assessed across a variety of areas – including car speed, engineering quality, brand identity, verbal presentation skills, and portfolio judging.
F1 in Schools’ UK Project Manager Tom Milner commented on the upcoming event, “We’re so excited to be hosting this year’s event at the University of Leeds. One of the most prestigious universities in the UK, with a globally renowned School of Mechanical Engineering, it really will be a delight and an inspiration for the students to spend time there this summer. Plus, it’s brilliant for F1 in Schools to host its UK National Final in its local region; Yorkshire is home to some fantastic STEM companies, and what better way to celebrate all it has to offer than with an event committed to finding and inspiring our next generation of future engineers and pioneers?”
If you're travelling to Leeds for the event, and would like to view a list of nearby hotels, a comprehensive list is available on the University of Leeds website here, you can also download the Key Information PDF below.
To get a feel for what's in store this summer, take a look at the highlights from last year's National Finals in the video below.
F1® IN SCHOOLS AND PMIEF EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEARNING
Leading global STEM challenge, F1® in Schools, has announced an extension of its partnership with Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF). An exciting three-year programme of project management training and education, including an expansion into primary schools in key countries, is being developed for the F1®in Schools competition.
The expansion of the F1 in Schools X PMIEF partnership, which began three years ago, will build on its success. The initial phase included training, resources, and support from PMIEF to introduce project management processes into the competition. Over the next three years the partnership will focus on continuing this integration, developing an E-learning platform, and launching F1 in Schools Primary Class into 30 new territories.
The E-learning platform will be an innovative and exciting new learning environment which will be open to all, reaching new schools and more students with the award-winning F1 in Schools programme. The platform will be content driven with engaging courses bringing STEM to life through Formula 1 with videos, challenges, and a dedicated project management module. The ultimate ambition is to launch a fully digital version of F1 in Schools with no barriers to entry and available to all students to compete virtually.
F1 in Schools Primary Class has seen rapid growth and, from its initial launch in the UK, has expanded internationally. With the support of PMIEF, this programme of development will introduce project management skills to 9–11-year-old students in more countries over the next few years, using curriculum resources developed to support classroom learning.
Anabelle Denford, Project Director at F1 in Schools, will be leading the rollout of the expanded PMIEF programme. She commented on the partnership, “I am thrilled to continue the work with PMIEF, building on the success that has been achieved over the last three years, which has already benefited many students to date. Project management is an invaluable and transferable skill for our participants to learn, and we are eager to broaden its scope to encompass new age groups and regions.”
Olivier Lazar, PMIEF COO, PMI Vice President for Youth & Social Impact commented: “Supporting F1 in Schools is helping to build competencies for tomorrow. Project management helps our young leaders take an idea and create a plan to help execute it, and the technical skills in engineering and sustainability will help make these ideas and plans a reality. Automotive is one of the fastest changing industries today. The transition to electrical vehicles, autonomous drive and new economic models will shape the way we travel, deliver goods and interact with our planet. All of this creates an opportunity for project managers to make these things happen.. Our expansion into primary schools demonstrates our belief that everyone can benefit from project management, whether as a skill they carry for the rest of their lives, or skills they take to design the next Formula 1 race car.”
ECLIPSE CROWNED LENOVO F1 IN SCHOOLS UK CHAMPIONS
A team of three students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Faversham, raced to victory at the Lenovo F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2022 which took place last week at Autosport International, a motorsport show held at NEC, Birmingham. Their success has won them a place at the Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals 2023 to be staged in Singapore alongside the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 2023.
The Lenovo F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2022 spanned two days of intense competition with the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School team named Eclipse comprising students, Tom Oliver, 19, Evie Curd, 17, and Javier Gladstone Contioso, 18, lifting the trophy. They also won the Pit Display Award and were nominated for the Sponsorship & Marketing, Verbal Presentation and Team Identity Awards.
In second place was Honeycomb Racing, a team of students from James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, and in third place, Imperium from Robert May’s School, Odiham. Honeycomb Racing will represent Scotland at the World Finals in Singapore, with Imperium joining the top two, representing England. Highest placed Welsh Team, Team Firestorm from St John’s College, Cardiff, and the Development Class winners, CHS Lightning from Cheadle Hulme School, Cheadle have also secured places in the Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals 2023.
Eclipse Team Manager, Javier Gladstone Contioso, said after the team had been presented with the Lenovo F1 in Schools UK National Champions trophy, “We’re just shaking, it’s surreal and we can hardly believe it, it’s a dream come true. The last three years have been incredibly hard work, but it’s been an amazing experience, it means everything to us to have won.”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools summed up the Lenovo F1 in Schools UK National Finals 2022 saying, “After two days of judging and racing for the competing teams it all came down to the wire and we crowned our Lenovo F1 in Schools UK Champions 2022. The judges were given a massive challenge by the outstanding work of these teams, with so much effort, passion, creativity and skill put into producing some of the most innovative designs of F1 in Schools scale-model Formula 1 cars of the future.
“All the teams are winners for reaching the National Finals and for taking on the challenge presented by F1 in Schools. It is great to see them learning so much from the project, not just academically but also in the life skills they acquire in the process of competing and sharing their experience with their peers. We hope that many of them will use the experience in their future careers and benefit from participating in the competition. For the teams who have won through to our World Finals – see you in Singapore!”
The Lenovo F1 in Schools National Finals take place with the assistance of a host of partners and supporters. F1 in Schools thanks Lenovo, Denford, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, Department for Education, UCL Mechanical Engineering, FIA Girls on Track/Motorsport UK, City University London, FIA Women in Motorsport, and Formula Student.
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