PETERLEE STUDENT TEAM WINS WOMEN IN MOTORSPORT AWARD AT F1 IN SCHOOLS STEM CHALLENGE UK FINALS
Technically Viral, a team of students from St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive and Byron Sixth Form College, took home the Women in Motorsport Award supported by Dare To Be Different at the recent F1 in Schools STEM Challenge UK Finals 2017 at Silverstone. The team, with three girls and one boy, were commended for their promotion of females in engineering throughout the competition.
Alex Livingston, 16, Emma Masters, 16, Amber Ward, 17 and Matthew Johnson, 17 had put in hundreds of hours working on their car, display, verbal presentation and portfolio in this global educational initiative, with their efforts rewarded with an award.
Academy Racing from Coventry were crowned UK Champions, second placed team were Tiro Racing from Kingston College, Kingston-Upon-Thames, who will represent England at the Malaysia World Finals and third placed team were Unity from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, who have the opportunity to form an international collaboration team to compete at the Malaysia World Finals.
The Team GB contingent for the World Finals is completed with Volcan, Scottish Champions from Aberdeen Grammar School and Wales Champions, Falcon Force.
Earlier in the week the F1 in Schools UK Development Class Finals was fought by 11 teams, with Origin from Robert May’s School in Odiham, Hampshire, taking victory and winning through to the World Finals. All the students in the Development and Professional Classes rounded off their competition day with an experience of a lifetime, an exclusive Silverstone Grand Prix circuit track lap in their school minibuses led by former BBC Topgear STIG, Ben Collins, in a Ferrari 488 GTB supercar, courtesy of Ferrari,.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools said of this year’s event, “Every year we see the teams raising their game, whether it’s the pit displays, the car designs or the portfolios. This year, for the first time, one of the teams, Unity, scored 100% across the board in their verbal presentation, so we’ve seen the standard reach perfection in that judging element. Academy Racing are well-deserved winners, having persevered for a few years and finally making it to the top step of the podium. All the students put a tremendous amount of work into the competition and have shown that there is plenty of engineering talent in the UK, ready to be guided into industry careers. The competition also gives students life skills and experiences that will always be beneficial for them and we’re proud to play a small part in their career paths and future success.”
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula 1 team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula 1 Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a modelling block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. At the National Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.
The F1 in Schools National Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. F1 in Schools thanks the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, Denford Ltd, City, University of London, UCL Mechanical Engineering, University College London (UCL Mech Eng), Silverstone Circuit, Williams Racing, McLaren and Ferrari North Europe.
Video highlights: F1 in Schools UK National Final 2017 Highlights