An international STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition for school children (aged 9-19), in which groups of 3-6 students have to design and manufacture a miniature "car" out of the official F1 Modal Block using CAD/CAM design tools.
A team has to be formed that should comprise of Team manager, Design Engineer, Resource Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Sponsorship Manager and Graphic Designer. Forming a team doesn’t only mean that you should sit together but to establish your own identity through name, color schemes and logos.
Figuring out the amount of financial resources required and budgeting accordingly. Enlisting the expenditure to go for sponsorship support accordingly. To create a business plan,the students can take help from Team Manager and Resource Manager to easily allocate the finances.
Students are trained to design their own cars on Autodesk Fusion 360 software. Following the technical regulations and staying within the given parameters they then design their own car striving to be the fastest of all.
To analyze performance of their model car, Autodesk Flow design software is used to determine various factors affecting the speed of the car.
Manufacturing will take place through CNC and 3D printing. The teams will get an idea of how a CNC machine and 3-D printing works . Students learn what material to use to make their cars lighter, stronger and faster.
Students are given access to the real track to analyze their cars for stability, speed, velocity and how would it perform in the real scenario.
Team has to put their own pit display and string together a portfolio of their team which includes their team logos, color schemes, etc. Teams are judged as a company headquarter here.
The car is scrutinized based on a set of guidelines to ensure that teams adhered to the regulations while building their cars to face off in the challenge.
The team is judged on the research, development and engineering of the car. Teams have to put together a portfolio recounting their journey of how they came up with the design and what software was used.
A 10 minute long verbal presentation in front of the judges recounting their experience throughout the challenge.
Teams have to submit 2 portfolios. These portfolios contain all the information about the team, how it was formed, about the sponsors, challenges, design and manufacturing, the final product, etc.
Teams, after completing their F1 car projects, will race against each other. There are two types of race: 1- Reaction Race, 2- Knockout Race. Here, your reaction to release the car and in how much time it encompasses the track is judged. So yes, now we are talking !
Competing in F1 in SchoolsTM gives you a unique opportunity to develop key skills such as; communication, presenting and team work which will form the foundation of your future in any career path you choose to follow.
Working in teams of between 3-6 students, you will follow the same processes real Formula One teams follow from your initial business plan through to your car design. You will be using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, data analysis using CFD and drag calculation software, Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to manufacture your car, and wind and smoke tunnels for testing. Finally you will race your car on our 20m F1 in SchoolsTM race track to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car.
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 Indian National Final to compete again against other regional winners for the title of Indian 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 SchoolsTM World Champions and lift the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in SchoolsTM World Champions trophy.
The 2014-15 challenge reached and exceeded all expectations, with 23 countries producing 38 teams to compete at the 2015 World Finals in Singapore. The current World Champions are Union Racing International, a collaboration team from Germany & USA. This year, we are expanding further and hope to have even more countries taking part in the 2016 World Finals in Austin Texas, in what will be a spectacular competition.
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