STEM education has gained significant momentum in recent years, with educators and industry professionals recognizing its importance in preparing students for the challenges of the modern world. One exciting initiative that combines STEM principles with real-world application is F1 in Schools. F1 in Schools is an international STEM competition that challenges students to design, build, and race miniature Formula One cars. It brings the thrill of Formula One racing into the classroom, allowing students to experience the excitement of engineering, aerodynamics, and teamwork firsthand. The competition requires teams to utilize various STEM concepts. They must design their cars using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, applying engineering principles to optimize speed, aerodynamics, and stability. Students delve into the physics of motion, studying forces, momentum, and energy transfer. They use 3D printing and machining techniques to manufacture their car parts, applying principles of material science and technology. In addition to the technical aspects, F1 in Schools emphasizes teamwork, project management, and marketing. Each team must create a business plan, secure sponsorships, and develop a marketing campaign to promote their brand and car. Students learn about budgeting, communication, and problem-solving, acquiring skills that extend beyond STEM.
More about the competition, visit: f1inschools.com
Aerth racing is the first Macedonian team that participated in the world finals of the Formula 1 competition in schools (F1 in Schools), last year in London, Great Britain. Our team is composed of 6 young and ambitious individuals where each of us are characterized by certain skills, specialized in its field of work, with a single and common goal - to present our country in best light on a world-famous stage, while showing what ours youth has to offer in the field of technology, engineering and science.
Due to the successes and our satisfaction with the participation of F1 in Schools for last year's season, our team decided to participate in it again. With more strength, ambition and bigger plans, we started working for 4 months earlier with equal engagement of all team members. Designing the new model – car, request for sponsorships, rebranding, taking care of environment are one of the many activities that our team undertakes this year season. As a non-profit organization, our sponsorships and financial funds are diverted to one goal – winning the gold and representing our country in the best light.
F1 in Schools is open to anyone aged 11 – 19 years old. There are 3 classes of entry; The Entry Class is aimed at the 11-14 age group, a perfect KS3 project. The Development and Professional Classes are aimed at the 11-19 age group and are perfect projects for KS3 and KS4.
As a team you will register to take part in your local Regional Final where you will compete against other teams from your area. Regional winners will go through to the UK National Final to compete again against other regional winners for the title of UK National Champions. This process is repeated around the world in over 40 countries where National Champions from every country are invited to compete at the World Finals where they will go head to head to become the F1 in Schools World Champions and lift the F1 in Schools World Champions trophy.
Yes, a school / organisation can register up to 3 teams for a regional final
A team must consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 team members.
Yes teams are only permitted to manufacture their cars from the official F1 Model Block. This will be checked at scrutineering at the Regional Final.
The World Finals take place on an annual basis at a different location each year. The locations are usually set to coincide with a Formula One™ Grand Prix. Past locations have been Melbourne, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, England; Singapore; Abu Dhabi, UAE and Austin, USA.
Your team must first compete in your in country competition regionally and nationally. The best teams from each country will then be put forward and will have the chance to represent their country along with teams from around the world at the F1 in Schools World Finals.
Inventor, Maya and Fusion360 are used in our teams for 3D-modeling. Simscale are used for CFD analysis. Cura is used for 3D-printing.
Firstly, the computer models are built. Next, they are analyzed in a virtual tunnel provided by Simscale. Then, they are analyzed in a real wind-tunnel using smoke, speed camera and various sensors.