An all-girl team of budding engineers are representing Wales at the F1 in Schools Challenge World Finals in Malaysia, 2017.
The team – Eleanor Edwards-Jones, Beca Jones, Jessica Pritchard, Tesni Smith, Anna Thomas and Elin Worth – are all Year 11 pupils at Ysgol Brynrefail, Gwynedd studying GCSEs in Design & Technology and Science.
The pupils, collectively known as “Team Falcon Force” are making the 6,640-mile once-in-a-lifetime trip to Malaysia after beating six other Welsh schools to win the north Wales regional final in April. The Engineering Education Scheme Wales runs the F1 in Schools Challenge in Wales and has provided mentoring and support to the team throughout their journey in the competition.
The team went on to be the Best Welsh Team at the national finals at Silverstone, having been judged by (amongst others) F1 specialists from Mercedes and McLaren.
The team were also nominated for the “Women in Motorsport” prize for designing the fastest model F1 car in Wales, with the car being the 9th fastest in the UK.
The girls worked hard during lunch breaks and holidays to design and make the car – with a ‘little’ help from Mr Paul Griffiths, their DT Teacher.
The project included making an oral presentation to judges, their car passing a scrutiny test, racing the car along a 20-metre track powered by a gas canister and against other competitors. They also produced an engineering portfolio, found team sponsors and raised the £17,000 necessary to get the six of them to Malaysia.
Team Falcon Force were obviously successful in raising the £17,000 needed, as they are currently starting a week of competition racing in Kuala Lumpur against 42 teams from all around the World!
Go Team Falcon Force!
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Well done, best wishes and good luck!