F1 in Schools Partners with PMI Educational Foundation to Integrate Project Management into Global STEM Challenge
The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge, a leading, multi-discipline, not-for-profit, global education programme, is delighted to announce a new partnership with PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) to educate F1 in Schools' participants and stakeholders in project management fundamentals. PMIEF will provide a grant for training, coaching, and educational resources so youth and not-for-profit staff who deliver the Challenge worldwide develop project management skills and apply those lessons learned to the Challenge as well as to academic and professional pursuits.
PMIEF will collaborate with F1 in Schools to integrate project management into the Challenge so participants strengthen their understanding of concepts like project scope and risk mitigation as they leverage studies in physics, manufacturing, and marketing and branding for an imaginative contest that requires they design the fastest miniature, compressed air-powered racecar. As a result, F1 in Schools will introduce a project management module into the regulations and judging sessions associated with the Challenge beginning in the 2020-21 school year. In addition, PMIEF will provide expert project management training and coaching at no cost to F1 in Schools staff and associates who operate the Challenge in 51 countries.
The partnership with F1 in Schools aligns with PMIEF's focus on youth-serving nonprofits and efforts to both build their capacity and enhance their youth programmes through a myriad of products and services. These include grants, training and coaching, educational materials, and access to a volunteer corps. The organisations with which PMIEF collaborates must deliver programs to youth ages to 5 to 19 in at least two countries, support the foundation's research activities, and offer opportunities for project managers who wish to serve as volunteers.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman F1 in Schools, says of the association with PMIEF, “We’re delighted to welcome PMIEF as a partner of F1 in Schools and look forward to a long and successful relationship. Project management is fundamental in our Challenge, as the students have limited time and resources for taking their F1 in Schools entry from concept to reality and I’m sure that PMIEF will be able to assist our students with this process. The scope of the partnership allows us to extend the learning and training to F1 in Schools staff and our In-Country Co-ordinators (ICCs) who deliver the programme internationally, and I am sure there will be enormous benefit to both individuals and F1 in Schools to have this opportunity.”
"Our partnership with F1 in Schools supports its professionals to learn project management and, in turn, to transfer that knowledge to young people by thoughtfully integrating it into this globally-renowned Challenge," says Jeannette Barr, PMIEF Executive Director. "The organization already appreciates the value of having youth learn through a highly experiential Challenge, so we are confident this collaboration will only enrich their participation in this exciting, project-oriented competition."
The F1 in Schools programme operates with the support of a host of partners including The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Formula One Group, Autodesk, FIA, Denford, Airbus, Lenovo, UCL Engineering , City, University of London and University of Huddersfield.