Presentation students drive forward to finals

BOLT Racing from Presentation Secondary School are delighted to see their hard work in research and preparation for their project plan has paid off as they have successfully gotten through the Qualifying Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.

BOLT Racing from Presentation Secondary School are delighted to see their hard work in research and preparation for their project plan has paid off as they have successfully gotten through the Qualifying Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.

This is the sixth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.

The regional finals will take place between March 12-19 in venues in Cork and Dublin. The team members are Rachel Doyle, Carol Murphy, Eva McMyler, Niamh Kennedy and Katie Mulrooney. The competition involves making a miniature Formula 1 car from balsa wood using 3D design software and racing the finished car against teams from other schools. When they have their car designed they are ‘paired’ with an IT College to get the car manufactured. In this competition teams will be using compressed air canisters to power their 25cm long model cars to achieve scale speeds in excess of 350kmph.

The F1 in Schools Challenge is an international competition which now attracts more than 90,000 students across the world in a frenzied dash to design, build and ultimately race model Formula 1 cars powered by the compressed air canisters.

Students immerse themselves in the world of engineering and manufacturing. They also get a taste of team work and learn about a range of things from the importance of aerodynamics to communication within the group. Formula 1 is an excellent opportunity for young students to compete and represent their schools.

Visit www.f1inschools.ie for more information on the Challenge.