F1 in Schools - One month countdown
The 2008 World Championships will take place in the 5* Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18th to 20th March 2008, during Grand Prix week for Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. Representing their countries, the teams will compete to win the coveted Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy and an Automotive Engineering scholarship at The City University, London.
The aim of F1 in Schools is to encourage students to consider a career in engineering and aspire to become the next Ross Brawn or Adrian Newey, the top men behind the successful of Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill, by providing the students with an enjoyable and exciting learning environment.
The challenge is for school children aged 11 to 18 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyze, manufacture, test and race their model F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by CO2 cylinders.
With design and engineering playing a pivotal part in Formula One, the initiative has drawn support from several teams and personalities within Formula One including Honda Team Boss, Ross Brawn, Red Bull technical Officer Adrian Newey, Force India Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne, Renault Engineering Director Pat Symonds, Williams Technical Director Sam Michael and ITV F1 Commentator James Allen amongst others as they look to keep an eye out for emerging stars of the future.
Malaysia won the right to hold this year’s World Championships following the growing commitment to F1 in Schools from the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
Dato Sri Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysian Minister of Education said: "We are honored that F1 in Schools has chosen Malaysia as the host of the world finals. Malaysia is a growing motorsport nation, and we hope that having such a high profile, youth orientated, motorsport event in Malaysia, alongside our Grand Prix weekend will generate widespread interest both locally and in other Asian countries and showcase the educational and ICT initiatives we are developing within our country."
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools Ltd expressed his delight ahead of the World Championships in Malaysia. "Malaysia is the first country to adopt F1 in Schools into the national curriculum as well as introducing new initiatives in teaching and learning and is therefore the ideal host for the 2008 World Championships.
The competition has grown year on year since its birth in 2000, with over 20,000 students and 25 countries aware of the challenge. Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of Formula One Management gave his support to F1 in Schools by granting the challenge a world-wide protected trademark and a new logo in 2005.
This year’s World Championships sees four collaboration teams entering the contest as F1 in Schools strives to bring together different races and cultures from all corners of the globe to compete and work together. The collaboration involves two countries pooling their ideas, skills and teamwork together to produce one miniature F1 car.
In 2007, the World Champions were Team Fuga, from Northern Ireland. They set a new world speed record of 1.020 seconds down the 20-metre race track, at a scale speed of over 220 mph per hour and will return next month to defend their title. The runners-up were the all-girl trio from Scotland, Team Lightning, followed by another all-girl team in third place, Mercurial Ace from Malaysia.
Provisional Entry List
Northern Ireland – Team Fuga - Defending World Champions
Teamwork is the name of the game for f1 in schools
Collaboration is the name of the game at this year’s F1 in Schools World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as the competition embraces four unique teams from six countries working together to win the coveted Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy in the only competition of its kind.
Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive of The Formula One Group said: “I think the collaboration element of the competition is a fantastic idea. Formula One brings together a range of nationalities and cultures who work together to achieve a common goal and so replicating this in the F1 in Schools initiative will prove invaluable both personally and professionally for all the students taking part.”
Team Hybrid from USA & Scotland led the way with the first ever collaboration entry at last year’s World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Following their unprecedented success, they will be joined in this year’s competition by South Africa & Scotland, Singapore & USA and Malaysia & Germany. Countries that wish to take part in the collaboration category have been given an additional place in the competition alongside their respective teams as F1 in Schools looks to expand the global teamwork element of the initiative.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools expressed his delight at the new category: “Having used video conferencing and internet communication tools, the teams will meet each other for the very first time on arrival in Malaysia! F1 in Schools is proud to draw students from totally diverse backgrounds and cultures and to encourage them to work together to achieve a common goal. We expect huge interest in this exciting new addition to the challenge as it not only opens up new areas of technology but creates long term partnerships and friendships between students and schools around the world.”
With Formula One™ reaching out to all corners of the globe, and its teams made up of a variety of nationalities working together to win the Formula One World Championship, F1 in Schools looks to replicate this scenario by bringing international business communication to the forefront and promoting global teamwork amongst young people.
The 2008 World Championships are taking place at the 5* Sunway Lagoon Resort and Spa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18th to 20th March 2008, during the build up to the Petronas Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. School children from 15 countries across the globe have won their way through regional and national finals, and competed against over 7 million students, to win the chance to represent their countries in the fourth annual World Championships. Teams will compete to win the Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy and BEng Automotive and Motor Sport Engineering scholarships, one of the leading courses in the country, at City University London.
The aim of F1 in Schools is to encourage students to consider a career in engineering and aspire to become the next Ross Brawn or Pat Symonds, the top men behind the success of Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, by providing them with an enjoyable and exciting learning experience.
The challenge is for school children aged 11 to 18 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyze, manufacture, test and race their miniature F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by CO2 cylinders.
With design and engineering playing a pivotal part in Formula One, the initiative has drawn support from all the F1 teams and is proud to have patrons Ross Brawn, Honda Team Principal, Adrian Newey, Red Bull Technical Officer, Mike Gascoyne, Force India F1 Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds, Renault Engineering Director, Sam Michael, Williams Technical Director and James Allen, ITV F1 Commentator in support as they look to keep an eye out for emerging technical stars of the future.
Collaboration Team List
USA/Scotland Team - Hybrid
South Africa/Scotland – Team Fusion
Germany/Malaysia – The Excaliburs
Singapore/USA – Inferno
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Final Entry List
Northern Ireland – Fuga - Defending World Champions
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