"The F1 in schools competition has provided the department and the school with a fantastic focus for a range of pupils who are technically minded, creative and have an interest in business. For the last few months the students have immersed themselves every lunchtime in designing concepts, learning how to use 3D CAD, planning activities, raising money through contacting sponsors and manufacturing the race cars. This is the third year the school has competed and the competition is becoming ever more popular."
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin
"Pupils are engaged from the moment they start the project, real life skills that enhance their learning from the get go. Teams tackle challenges that test resilience and innovation, whilst developing teamwork and collaboration with businesses and manufacturers to create the perfect car.
Initial skills learnt within this challenge allow the pupils to work with others and learn about compromise and patience.
The enterprise and engineering aspects of the task allow pupils to research and develop knowledge of real problems that relate
to the F1 world."
St John's College Cardiff
Teams compete for prestigious awards with the ultimate goal being to race their cars along our track for the chance of being crowned the fastest car in Wales.
The F1 in Schools competition involves teams of students designing and manufacturing CO2-powered model F1 racing cars using sophisticated computer aided design software and computer aided manufacturing techniques (CAD/CAM). Teams compete for prestigious awards with the chance of representing Wales at the National and World Finals.
Schools can involve as many pupils as they wish and can enter five teams of up to six students in the Wales regional finals. The challenge inspires students to develop their STEM skills and 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.
Alternatively, we can deliver in-school race days at your school, tailored to your needs. This can involve whole classes or year groups, and can be delivered in your school hall. Winning teams can be selected to attend the regional finals to compete against other schools. Sessions are FREE to secondary schools in Wales.
Contact us to book or for more information.
The F1 in Schools competition is split into 3 classes: Entry, Development and Professional. Teams are assessed on the speed of the car, engineering design, development, promotional materials, pit displays and verbal presentation.
The winners of the Welsh Regional Finals are invited to compete at the UK National Finals with the opportunity to represent Wales at the World Finals.
Check out EESW's resources to introduce you and your students to the F1 in Schools project here. You can also see details of how this program meets the progression steps for the Welsh National Curriculum.
You can watch our full range of CAD video tutorials and look at our PDF guides, which take students from downloading the free CAD software to designing, assembling and rendering their own F1 car.
These guides can be an exciting activity to engage students over a longer period of time, or if you would like a quick introduction to F1 in schools you can check out our 'F1 in a day' guide here.