Yorkshire Coast College is delighted to announce the arrival of F1 in Schools in Scarborough, as they become the first new competition region to be named since the competitions conception in 2000.
F1 in Schools is the World’s biggest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Competition which uses Formula One to engage student teams in the use of CAD/CAM to design, analyse, manufacture, test and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars.
Simon Moorhouse, Director at F1 in Schools said: “F1 in Schools is delighted that the F1 in Schools project is coming to the Yorkshire Coast Region. During the last 12 years the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge has been providing an exciting, yet challenging educational experience through the Magnetic appeal of Formula One.
“F1 in Schools is a Global Challenge Operating in over 40 countries worldwide, offering unique educational benefits and encouraging students to work in teams, or individually and think critically & creatively. F1 in Schools is a proven performer in driving up educational standards and brings real excitement to the process of learning.
“I am looking forward to working with local partners Yorkshire Coast College and NYBEP and hope for a successful 2015 F1 in Schools campaign for students within the Yorkshire Coast region.”
The competition requires teams of between 3 and 6 students, to not only design and build their own miniature F1 car, but also requires the teams to raise their own sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation, just as is the case in real Formula One. Students will be inspired to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
John Pownall, Head of Engineering at Yorkshire Coast College, said: “We are thrilled to be named as the first new F1 in Schools competition region in the UK since the competition began. It offers a great opportunity for students at primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and further education providers, across the Yorkshire Coast to get involved in one of the most exciting competitions around. There is a wealth of Engineering expertise here at Yorkshire Coast College and we can’t wait to help teams from as far as Middlesborough, Bridlington and Harrogate, showcase local talent Nationally and then hopefully at the F1 in Schools World Final in Abu Dhabi!”
Yorkshire Coast College’s Engineering Department has some of the most up-to-date training equipment and industry standard workshops in the UK including a 3D Printer, Virtual Welder and Festo Hydraulic and Pneumatic Rigs and a Denford Router that will help the F1 in School teams make their cars reality. Offering hands-on, practical training options in all types of Engineering including; Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Fabrication and Welding, Automotive and Motor Sport, the highly experienced staff at Yorkshire Coast College deliver training and qualifications from Foundation Learning through to Advanced Apprenticeships and are excited to be launching a HNC/D qualification for September 2014.
Teams entering the competition will receive strong support from Yorkshire Coast College, including a weekly F1 in Schools Club which will offer advice and guidance on the key elements of the technical challenge and the commercial planning such as aerodynamics, branding, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork and financial strategy.
Yorkshire Coast College will be holding an Open Track Event and running a mock final in June 2014, allowing teams to test out their cars before the Regional Final in February 2015. Successful teams will then go on to the UK’s National Final in March and then the 2015 World Finals in Abu Dhabi, in November 2015 More information about the competition can be found at www.f1inschools.co.uk or by calling Yorkshire Coast College on 0800 731 7410