Pupils line up on schools F1 national final grid - The Rugby Observer

Pupils line up on schools F1 national final grid

Rugby Editorial 18th Jun, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

BUDDING engineers will line up on the starting grid of the schools Formula One national final.

Lightening Strikes – a team from Ullesthorpe Primary – won the regional round of the competition with their mini F1 car design.

And they will now test it against the best 22 teams from around the country in a series of challenges at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Tuesday.

They will race powered by compressed air along a 25m race track with the cars judged on car speed as well as supporting evidence of their design, a verbal presentation and marketing display stand in the pits.

The winning team will trophy and tickets to next month’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Andrew Denford, founder and chairman of F1 in Schools, said: “The programme aims to introduce young students to engineering in a practical environment and link this with elements of the key STEM subjects.

“The feedback from teachers is that the students enjoy the challenge of working as a team to design, build and race their own design of car, while also learning new key skills at an early age.

“We introduced a primary school version of the F1 in Schools programme in response to a demand from schools already competing at secondary level and it has been enormously successful.”

Les Ratcliffe, head of community relations at sponsors Jaguar Land Rover , added: “Encouraging the next generation of engineers is something Jaguar is extremely dedicated to especially when projects such as this develop the same key skills and engineering processes that we look for in our engineers.

“The difference is these are primary school students learning these skill from an early age which means the future of engineering is bright.”


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