Silverstone Circuit supports 2013 UK F1 in Schools
F1 in Schools™ has secured the continued support of Silverstone Circuit for its 2013 UK programme with the circuit putting together a valuable package of prizes and benefits for competitors and their schools.
Silverstone Circuit will also sponsor the Innovative Thinking Award at the 2013 UK F1 in Schools National Finals, with the presentation of a trophy and prizes of Silverstone Driving Experiences for the National Champions.
In addition, all schools taking part in 2013 F1 in Schools will be able to purchase family tickets to the 2013 FORMULA 1™ BRITISH GRAND PRIX at a an exclusive ‘early bird’ price.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, says of Silverstone Circuit’s support for F1 in Schools, “We are very privileged to have such wide-reaching support from Silverstone and are indebted to them for committing to this great range of benefits and prizes for the F1 in Schools participants”.
Denford adds, “Silverstone is the home of British motor racing and as the host of the British Grand Prix, it is an iconic motorsport venue. This is the only opportunity for our students to watch F1 cars racing in the UK, so to be able to compete for such prestigious prizes and the chance to visit one of the top sporting events in Britain is fantastic.”
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuit said “The F1 in Schools initiative is an exciting one which raises awareness of the sport and inspires students to learn about engineering, science and technology in an interesting and stimulating way. We are delighted to support the programme and hope it helps produce some stars of the future.”
F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display at the National Finals and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model cars on a specially designed 20 metre race track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.
The F1 in Schools programme operates in over 40 countries. Each of the National Champions is invited to compete at the World Finals and the 2nd and 3rd podium place teams are invited to participate by forming collaboration teams, linking with the runner-up teams from another country. The collaboration teams communicate by virtual technologies such as CISCO WebEx before finally meeting each other for the first time when they arrive at the World Finals.
The Finals are held over the course of three days with the teams brought together for the biggest challenge of their young lives, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships at City University London.
source: Alison Hill