This competition for pupils aged between 9 and 19 is designed to engage young people in engineering, science and technology by harnessing the excitement of Formula One.
Students use CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software to design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars. The challenge helps inspire students to use ICT to learn about subjects such as physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, competitive and exciting way. Resources to support this can be found here.
This culminates in a race: students designed models will race side-by-side along 20-metre straights at more than 60kph at regional, national and international stages for the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy Click here to register for the 2012-13 challenge. As the challenge is growing more popular it is important to register as early as possible to avoid disappointment, as the not-for-profit organisation that runs the competition is having to limit entries in certain regions due to demand.