What is F1 in Schools?
The unique F1 in Schools Challenge introduces middle and high school aged students to the engineering process. From business planning, design, manufacturing, analyzing, and marketing to racing, students get to participate in a true hands and minds-on activity.
This is Not Your Average Race!
In the F1 in Schools Challenge, groups of three to six students form a team, assume roles and prepare a business plan, develop budgets and raise sponsorships to support materials needs and team travel to regional and national competitions.
Using 3D CAD (Computer-Assisted Design) software the team designs a Formula One car of the future. The aerodynamics of their design is analyzed for drag co-efficiency in a Virtual Reality Wind Tunnel using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software. Then, using 3D CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car out of balsa wood using a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) Router.
The CO2 cartridge-powered cars are tested using wind and smoke tunnel equipment to fine tune designs to optimize speed and drag co-efficiency. The cars are put to the ultimate test on an elevated 24-meter track. During the race, teams are judged on car speed as well as supporting evidence of their design in portfolios. Each team's presentation and marketing display in 'the pits' are also factored into their performance.