Team AIB Racing are a team of 4 secondary school students from Ballina in Co. Mayo, who recently won the chance to participate at the “F1 in Schools Technology Challenge World Finals” in Singapore in September 2015. Aaron Hannon, Team Manager tells us about the F1 in Schools Competition and why it is great for students.
What is it?
F1 in Schools is a competition which asks students to make, design and race their very own 1:20 scale model Formula One car. In addition to this students are also asked to create their own unique team brand and identity, implement their own marketing strategy and produce an effective online presence.
The competition, regarded as the largest recognised STEM competition in the world, attracts over 20 million students from over 40 countries each year. It was designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects amongst second level students, and to disregard gender stereotypes that plague fields such as engineering.
Who is it for?
The competition is for second level students in any year of their studies. To take part, teams need a co-ordinating teacher and a group of 3-6 students registered in September. Registration is online at f1inschools.ie (Ireland) or f1inschools.co.uk (UK).
What makes it different?
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.
Tell us in 5 words why schools should enter
Inspire world class young innovators.
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