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F1 in Schools world championships to be held in Singapore
Posted By: James Allen  |  10 May 2010   |  4:08 pm GMT  |  11 comments

F1 in Schools, the educational competition backed by Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 teams, is to hold its World Championship finals in Singapore, in the week leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix in September. It will be the culmination of a series of competitions involving an estimated 6 million children worldwide.


F1 in Schools challenges students to use software to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1 car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder. It has the support of leading F1 engineers including Ross Brawn, Adrian Newey, Sam Michael and Mike Gascoyne. All are patrons of the project and as a fellow patron, I will host the World Championship presentation ceremony.

Last year’s event was held in London and the prizes were handed out by Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Christian Horner.

The 2010 F1 in Schools World Championships will bring together National Champions from F1 in Schools competitions around the globe, representing over 30 countries, as well as a number of collaborative teams with teams from two different countries competing together. The programme raises awareness of Formula One among the young and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


The students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a model compressed air powered balsa wood F1 car of the future and it takes place in over 30 countries around the world, with an estimated 6 million school children competing.

It is a very important programme for F1 as it reaches out to a demographic which the sport has traditionally found it hard to reach. It also encourages children to consider a career in engineering, which they might not have done otherwise.


The winners receive the Bernie Ecclestone trophy plus a scholarship to London’s City University to study engineering.

For more information go to F1 in Schools Global Home

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  1. David says:

    Great program!

    Wish something like this was around when I was in school! Which wasn’t that long ago fyi!

    David

    1. James Allen says:

      Exactly. Ross says he only had Meccano!

    2. Pierre says:

      Agree, this is a great idea.

  2. Robyn says:

    I was fortunate enough to attend the event in London. What the teams had produced and how well organised they were astonished me.

  3. Daniel says:

    I have no idea how the schools are able to fund this, but good on them for trying. If only my school participated, there are alot of students that are into this kind of thing including me at my school, a shame only the rich schools have the chance!

    1. Philip T says:

      My school was not exactly rich (not particularly poor but not rich). The competition has an almost business-like element to it where you go out and raise sponsorship just like the real teams. You don’t get the money… you don’t go to the race (see Arrows, Super Aguri, USF1 etc. for details).

      For the record, 5% of our £20k sponsorship was from our school’s old boys’ association and virtually none from the school itself.

      1. Eben Muse says:

        yeah, literally NONE of our sponsorship came from our school, and as schools go, ours is pretty poor. You don’t even need all that much dosh. we got around at £200 last year.

      2. Philip T says:

        It’s a bit different in terms of money if you have to fly out to Australia (or this year Singapore) from the UK. But I take your point it costs next to nothing to get started. I hope Daniel takes our advice!

    2. Philip T says:

      If you really want to take part and there are lots of students interested SPEAK UP! Tell a teacher (Technology and Design or Science). We weren’t due to take part but we convinced the teachers. Now fair enough they did have a younger age group already in the competition but as Eben Muse said it doesn’t cost a lot to get started. By the way your school doesn’t need to have the equipment, you can get advice from the organisers and use a local school board’s equipment or something like that.

  4. Andy C says:

    I hope the FIA have thought of suitable budget caps for this :-)

    Otherwise we will have windtunnels appearing in comprehensive schools ;-)

    On a serious note, great way to get children involved in and inspired by the sport.

  5. Philip T says:

    This competition offers a great opportunity for school kids of all ages. Glad to see that more recently they’ve added a primary school level.

    I was lucky enough to be a part of the 2007 championship winning team in Oz, so I was privilaged enough to have access to the teams that year with a tour of Williams factory and their garage at Silverstone (not to mention meeting a certain JA). It’s nice for the teams to offer an opportunity to young engineers, especially given the closed-off nature the sport has taken over the last couple of decades.

    Good to keep an eye on how things are going, if deep down I know the reason is to see if anyone breaks our track record!

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