Students rev up for F1 STEM Challenge trophy

The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge offers students the chance to win a university engineering scholarship

The UK finals of F1 in Schools’ STEM Challenge take place from 11–12 March, where students will compete for university engineering scholarships.

Forty-eight student teams will race their bespoke miniature F1 cars, present their business plans, display their engineering designs, and present their work to a panel of industry and engineering experts throughout the two-day event.

UK champions will win tickets to the F1 British Grand Prix, including exclusive paddock access, an F1 team factory tour, and two £5,000 scholarships for mechanical engineering at UCL. The winning school will also win an F1 race track and race control system worth £5,000 from Denford Ltd.

2018 F1 in Schools World Champions from Australia on the podium at the Singapore Grand Prix

Successful teams will win a place at the F1 in Schools World Finals later this year, where as well as the world champions trophy, scholarships for UCL and City, University of London engineering courses will be up for grabs.

Andrew Denford, founder and chairman, F1 in Schools, said, “We’ve had an exceptionally strong series of regional finals with outstanding car designs, innovative ideas and highly professional presentations, so I’m very excited to see how they all perform, and I’m sure they will all have raised their game for the National Finals. Bringing Formula 1 into the classroom with this programme really inspires the students and nurtures a passion for engineering as well as developing the students’ life skills. They all learn so much, without realising it.”

Sponsors for the event include the IET, Autodesk, Airbus, Denford Ltd, City, University of London, and UCL Engineering.

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