Members of Student Innovation Ireland and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) advocates are encouraging schools in Carlow to register and take part in the 2021/22 F1 in Schools education programme this Autumn.
The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge raises awareness among schoolchildren all across the globe of STEM through Formula 1; it encourages students to think creatively, improve their skills, and gain confidence. It is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered cars made from the F1 model block.
Four Irish winners from the 2021/22 season will compete in the F1 in Schools World Finals representing Ireland in the United Kingdom next April.
The national final aired on TG4 earlier this year a
Lucy Daly, Head of Chassis Design at Formula Trinity at Trinity College credits F1 in Schools for helping her realise that design engineering was her passion. She said:
“F1 in Schools was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I competed at regional and national level in both 2014 as a junior cycle student and in 2016 as a senior cycle student. Next September, I will lead the team as Team Captain for the 2022 edition of the Formula Student competition at Silverstone International Racing Circuit which is a dream come true. My goal is to have a career in the motorsport industry as an aerodynamic or chassis engineer. Formula One is the dream. F1 in Schools really opened that door into this world and motorsport is now a huge part of my life so I’m very grateful I was given the opportunity.”
Registration for F1 in Schools Ireland 2021/22 will close on Friday 22 October. For more information visit f1inschools.ie or email [email protected]
Regional Finals will take place in Limerick, Louth, Galway and Dublin in February and March 2022. The Irish National Final will take place in Galway in May 2022.