The central regional entry class winning F1 in schools students were invited as VIP guests to Silverstone Circuit on 29/3/2017. They attended this years national final event for F1 in schools. The students participated in a range of activities including:

  • Two laps around the Silverstone circuit, following Ben Collins (original STIG).
  • F1 virtual reality experience.
  • STEM student development sessions.
  • Sit in a Ferrari 488 GTB.
  • A Pit Stop Race and Pit Stop Simulator.
  • F1 guest speakers.

F1 in school winning students:

Daniel, James, Jack, Cameron, Ali, Kristian.

Full Story : F1 in School National Final 2018 @ The Wing, Silverstone.

Design and Technology students from Leasowes High School competed at the F1 in School National Final 2018 @ The Wing, Silverstone. The year 10 team Alcedo Atthis qualified from the central regional final and advanced to Silverstone to compete against the best 13 teams/schools in the UK at development class level (age 11-19). The winners of this years event will represent the UK at the World Finals in Singapore, competing against 40 other countries. The year 9 students (Winners of central region Entry Class) also attended the event as VIP guests. Unfortunately Alcedo Atthis didn’t win the event, however they did amazingly well to reach the National Finals at Silverstone.

Students: Ali, James, Daniel, Jack and Cameron. Year 9 students are already working on their project for next years regional event.

What is F1 in Schools all about?

Form a team – form a team of 3 to 6, think of a name, decide job roles; Team Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Graphic Designer and Resource Manager.

Business and Sponsorship – plan and prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship.

Teams are encouraged to collaborate with industry and create business links.

Design – using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, design an F1 car of the future to the specifications set by the International Rules Committee just like in Formula One.

Analyse – aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD).

Make – using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car.

Test – aerodynamics are tested in wind and smoke tunnels.

Pit Booth – put together an informative display showing your work through all stages of the project.

Think about your team identity.

Scrutineering – cars are submitted to Parc Ferme where the judges scrutinize every dimension to check they comply with the Rules and Regulations.

Engineering Judging – judges question teams on how their cars has been manufactured and why particular designs were chosen.

Verbal Presentation – prepare a presentation to perform to a panel of judges covering all aspects of the challenge. This will be completed within a set time limit.

Portfolio Judging – put together two 10-page A3 portfolios, one enterprise portfolio (documenting your business strategy) and one engineering portfolio (documenting the construction of your car).

Race – time to track test what your team has worked so hard together to achieve a winning car.