F1 in Schools is a not-for-profit educational organisation, which relies solely upon support and contributions from industry to be able to operate and deliver a World-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) competition that engages with millions of students across the Globe. The aim of F1 in Schools is to provide a fun and hands-on STEM initiative that demonstrates many different levels of Science and Engineering, in a positive and attractive light. The challenge provides students with the opportunity to develop key skills such as; communication, presenting and team working, which will form the foundation of their future, in whichever career path they choose. The processes the student teams will follow are the same as those a real Formula One team will follow, from creating their initial business plan, to designing, making and racing their car. They will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and will analyse their designs using CFD and drag calculation software. They will then use Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to manufacture their car, before testing it in wind and smoke tunnels. Finally, they will race their car on our 20m F1 in Schools racetrack, to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car.
Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. The challenge inspires students to use IT 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.
Scrutineering: Cars are submitted to parc ferme (area where the cars cannot be changed) where the judges scrutinize every dimension to check they comply with the Rules and Regulations.
Engineering: Judges question teams on how their cars has been manufactured and why particular designs were chosen
Verbal Presentation: Prepare a presentation to perform to a panel of judges covering all aspects of the challenge. This will be completed within a set time limit.
Portfolio Judging: Teams put together a 20 page A3 portfolio documenting your project.
Race: The cars race along a 20m track and points are awarded for place in the timing sheet.
The competition is out of 1000 points given based on performance in the categories above.
Offering a way to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related subjects in such an exciting way is achieving great results and increases the intake of students into Engineering careers. The competition has the support of the Formula 1 community. There are many success stories who have actually come through the initiative and have gone on to achieve significant outcomes in their lives including positions in Formula 1 teams.
The competition provides a block of balsam wood which will be used by teams to shaped into their designed car. The CNC (computer-numerically controlled) machine will enable us to precisely produce parts of the car minimizing any errors.
The competition allow for the nose cone and front wing to be manufactured separately. As we have a unique design we opted for 3D printing as it allows the widest range of materials. It also allows the possibility of fast manufacturing parts with complex shapes.