F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools offers a range of competitions for pupils in Primary and Secondary Schools.  There are various entry categories.

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F1 in Schools – Jaguar Primary School Challenge engages with primary schools students and teachers across the UK. The challenge is open to students aged 5-11 years old and involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible in ether the 2D or 3D challenge, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies, such as Jaguar Cars.

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The F1 in Schools 3D challenge involves designing and manufacturing CO2 powered model racing cars using sophisticated computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) skills.

Schools can involve as many  pupils as they wish  and can enter three teams of up to six students in the Regional Finals.  Each pupil is assigned a role within the team.  The teams are encouraged to raise sponsorship and are involved in all stages of the process of designing and making the model car, including a series of wind tunnel tests.  The cars are raced along a 20 metre track at speeds of around 60mph!

Teams are assessed on the speed of the car, promotional materials, displays showing their design process and a verbal presentation.

The winners of the regional finals then compete at the UK national final for the opportunity to represent Wales at the International Final.

The Categories available are:

f1_schs_2014_0102D Jaguar Challenge – Primary (5-11 Age Group)

The challenge is for a team of 4 pupils to design a race car out of card complete with wheels, body and even a mini driver. They will design their car using software to produce car design ideas and then manufacture them on a cutter plotter before making the car ready to race.

Bloodhound Class – Primary & Secondary (9-14 Age Group)

The F1 in Schools Bloodhound SSC category is built around speed and aerodynamics, with just one key design rule stating that the vehicle must have a minimum of four wheels.
10 Regional Finals will be held across the UK between January and February 2015 where teams will compete against each other to win a place at the UK National Final to determine who will be crowned the 2014/15 UK Bloodhound SSC Class National Champions. Two UK National Finals will be held for two age groups of competitors…

  • March 2015: 11‐14 age group (Secondary School Students)
  • June 2015: 9‐11 age group (Primary School Students)

The Land Speed Record, which stands at 763.035 mph, is currently held by Thrust SSC. All information about Bloodhound SSC will be shared with schools and colleges across the UK, including research, design, build, test and the problems they encounter.

F1 in Schools Rookie Class (11-14 Age Group)

The Rookie Class has been introduced for the first time to the 2014/15 season. This class is a simplified version of the Formula 1® Class and is aimed at new team/schools taking part in the challenge for the first time. Team and students entering the Rookie Class are only allowed to compete in the competition as a Rookie Class team for 1 year (their first year). After that, they can only compete in the Formula 1® Class in future years.  10 Regional Finals will be held across the UK between January and February 2015 where teams will compete against each other to win a place at the UK National Final to determine who will be crowned the 2014/15 UK Rookie Class National Champions.

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Formula 1® Class (11-19 Age Group)

The Formula 1® Class is the original challenge with advanced regulations to the Rookie Class. 10 Regional Finals will be held across the UK between January and February 2015 where teams will compete against each other to win a place at the UK National Final to determine who will be crowned the 2014/15 UK F1 in Schools National Champions and go on to represent the UK at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2015. 

There are many benefits to the students taking part, including:

  • Motivation and excitement
  • Challenging and rewarding
  • High levels of capability with CAD/CAM
  • Team working in a range of contexts
  • Applying and developing Essential Skills, as well as gaining accreditation
  • Gaining a familiarity with digital manufacturing
  • Developing an understanding of modern manufacturing

For more information or to register visit:  www.f1inschools.co.uk

Primary Schools – Chris Harris – chrisharris@eesw.org.uk – 07919 050554

Secondary Schools – Stephen Lane – stephen@eesw.org.uk – 07967 614460