F1 in Schools World Finals in Austin Texas 2016

F1 in Schools has confirmed a return to Austin, Texas for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2016. This leading global educational initiative is celebrating its 12th World Finals event next year with the USA hosting the event for the second time, having first welcomed the World Finals to the country in 2013.

Partnering with the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the premier motor racing circuit in the USA and host for the FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GRAND PRIX, the announcement of the F1 in Schools World Finals returning to the USA was made at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2015, held at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.

Speaking of the announcement F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford, said, “Securing the World Finals event in Austin, in conjunction with Circuit of the Americas is excellent news. We know all the students participating in Regional and National Finals all around the world, will be very excited to hear this news and I’m sure it will spur them on to win a place at next year’s World Finals.
“I look forward to working with the team at Circuit of the Americas to deliver a successful World Finals event next year.”
“F1 in Schools has the support of the Formula One community worldwide and we are proud to be a part of it at Circuit of The Americas. The World Finals is a once in a lifetime experience for students that allows them to dig deeper into their intellectual curiosity and application of knowledge,” said Bobby Epstein, co-founder and chairman of Circuit of the Americas. “F1 in Schools is a challenging, fun and educational experience for students that will inspire them to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Jason Dial, President, Circuit of the Americas, adds, “We are very proud, once again, to be hosting this upcoming year’s F1 in Schools World Finals. I look forward to welcoming Champions from all over the world to Texas. See y’all in Texas in 2016.”
 

F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars.

  • F1 in Schools is the only global multi-disciplinary STEM challenge for students aged 9 to 19.
  • It is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market.
  • Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund  research, travel and accommodation.
  • 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.
  • The founding constitution of F1 in Schools stipulates that it is, and shall remain, a not-for-profit organisation.  Funds raised through sponsorship are invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. All income is deployed in accordance with guidelines laid down by Formula One Management.
 
 
THE CHALLENGE
  • Working in teams of between 3 and 6, each student is assigned roles. The team prepares a business plan, develops a budget and raises sponsorship.  Teams are encouraged to collaborate with Industry and forge business links.
  • Using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, the team designs a Formula One car of the future. 
  • Aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual reality wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD).
  • Using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car.
  • Aerodynamics are tested in wind and smoke tunnels.
  • The Race is on, at more than 60kph.  Cars race side-by-side along 20-metre straights.
Teams are judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and marketing display stand in ‘‘the pits”.  Teams compete regionally, nationally and internationally for the coveted Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy.
 
BERNIE ECCLESTONE PRESENTS HIS TROPHY TO F1 IN SCHOOLS WORLD CHAMPIONS
 
A1 Racing, a team of students from Australia, who were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions, were given a day to remember when Formula One™ boss, Bernie Ecclestone, presented his F1 in Schools™ Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy to the team, a collaboration of students from Pine Rivers State High School, Brisbane and Phoenix Community College, Victoria.
 
Meeting Ecclestone in the paddock at the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, the team of six 17-year-olds created a media scrum when the F1™ boss gave over his time to meet with them. He showed great interest in their world-beating scale model F1 race car and gave the A1 Racing team members advice on how to start a career in Formula 1™.
 
Ben Marshall asked Ecclestone,” What advice would you give students like us who want to get into the motorsport industry, how should we go about it?”  Ecclestone endorsed the F1 in Schools challenge and its benefits saying, “All the teams know you anyway, just do what you’re doing and you’ll get there.”
 
F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford, was singled out by Ecclestone as the reason he became involved in this global educational initiative.
 
Denford said of the trophy presentation to A1 Racing by Ecclestone, “We’re very proud to have the support of Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management and we value the help he gives us by presenting the trophy in the paddock which is a memorable experience for the students and great publicity for F1 in Schools”.
He added, “ The students worked tremendously hard to achieve their success, so it is great for them to have recognition from the man at the helm of Formula One.”
 
A1 Racing is led by Team Manager, Beau Gieskens 15, with five team mates, Jacqueline Cunningham, 16,Manufacturing Engineer,  Luke Meredith 17,Marketing Manager,  Ben Marshall 17, Development Engineer,  Sam Young 16,Collaboration Co-ordinator, Dylan Sexton 17, Design Engineer.
 
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2013 was held over the course of four days at the Hyatt Regency, with 38 teams from 22 countries brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted automotive and motorsport engineering scholarships to City University London.
 
The F1 in Schools programme operates in over 40 countries. Each of the National Champions and runners-up are invited to compete at the World Finals and third placed teams are invited to participate by forming a collaboration team, linking with a runners-up team from another country. 
 
F1 in Schools tasks students to design a model compressed air powered F1™ Car of the future using CAD/CAM Engineering techniques. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.
 
 
Video News Edit
A Video News Edit of the F1 in Schools World Finals Austin, Texas 2013 is now available for download. The edit follows the event from the arrival of the 38 teams of students from 22 countries, through to the crowning of the F1 in Schools World Champions 2013, Australian team, A1 Racing.  Footage include, the judging elements of the competition, racing of the scale-model F1 cars and the presentation of the 20 awards.
 
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About F1 in Schools
F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, Science, marketing and technology.  Students are given a brief to design a model compressed air powered F1™ Car of the future using CAD/CAM Engineering techniques. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car.
 
The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.