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News & Press: Feb 2019

Formula 1® Education challenge national finals showcases high flying STEM talent

27 February 2019  
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The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge UK National Finals will showcase high flying talent, with 48 student teams competing for the F1 in Schools UK Champions title and a place at the World Finals later this year. The event being held from 11-12 March at Airbus' West Factory in Broughton, Flintshire, where wings for the company's entire family of commercial aircraft are manufactured, will celebrate the best young minds and engineering flair.

Winning student teams from regional finals around the country will race their bespoke designs of miniature Formula 1 cars on the Official F1 in Schools 20 metre track, present their business plans, display their engineering designs and showcase their work to a panel of industry and engineering experts. The two-day competition tests their F1 car designs to the limit on track, as well as the students supporting work with a busy timetable of judging sessions.

The UK Champions will win tickets to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, including exclusive paddock access at the event from Formula 1, a Formula 1 team factory tour, two £5,000 scholarships for UCL Mechanical Engineering and, for the winning school, a F1 Branded Race Track and Race Control System with Car Deceleration System worth £5,000 and Denford Ltd.

The elite of the UK National Finals teams will be rewarded with a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2019. These students compete for the coveted F1 in Schools World Champions trophy, and highly valued City, University of London and University College London Engineering scholarships.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said, "We've had an exceptionally strong series of regional finals with outstanding car designs, innovative ideas and highly professional presentations, so I'm very excited to see how they all perform, and I'm sure they will all have raised their game for the National Finals. Bringing Formula 1 into the Classroom with this programme really inspires the students and nurtures a passion for engineering as well as developing the student's life skills. They all learn so much, without realising it!"

Lucy Brooks, Team Manager from reigning F1 in Schools UK Champions, Unity from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, looked back on winning last year saying, "It has been the most amazing experience for us. After winning the UK Champions title we had the time of our lives at the British Grand Prix, meeting and having our photos taken with Formula 1 drivers. We then went to Singapore for the World Finals, which was the trip of a lifetime, the memorable experience, a really special time. Not only has it been the best fun, it's also really helped our career opportunities, opening so many doors and introductions, it is such an advantage to have F1 in Schools on our CVs."

The F1 in Schools National Finals 2019 takes place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. In addition to Airbus, these are the IET, Autodesk, Denford Ltd, City, University of London and UCL Engineering.