Autolaunch Racing from Presentation College, Carlow, were declared the overall winners of the 2014 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society at the National Finals held in Dublin Castle as part of Tech Week Ireland.
Team members John Harding, Pauric Dempsey, David Hatton and Captain Lee Campbell were coordinated by teachers Claire McHugh and Mike Ryan. The team fought off competition from 25 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy, 2,000 in prize money, and the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2014 World Championships in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi alongside the 2014 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November this year.
"Our journey so far has been the most amazing experience of our lives, and we've learned so many new skills in a vast range of areas, such as Science, Engineering, Design, Business and Media. Being involved in the competition has really broadened our horizons for the future. We are absolutely delighted to be able to represent Ireland country in this year's World Finals."
Lee Campbell (16), Team Captain of Autolaunch Racing.
Imagine building a 1/20th-scale F1 racing car capable of travelling at over 110km/hr – using advanced 3D design software, automated manufacturing technology ... and some bright ideas from you and your team mates.
F1 in Schools is a unique technology challenge that enables second-level students to get their hands on the latest technology from the worlds of technology, engineering and manufacturing.
The F1 in Schools Challenge is not all about speed. Teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work.
A global competition, F1 in Schools is operated in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society. Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 TV personality and former f1 Team Manager, is a Patron of F1 in Schools Ireland.
Juliette Crosbie, student,
Dundalk Grammar School
Jordan O'Connor, student,
Clare McHugh, teacher,
Presentation College Carlow
Declan Mullins, teacher,
F1 in Schools is truly a nation-wide event that attracts school teams from just about every county all across Ireland.
Three Regional Finals are held at third-level institutions every spring to determine which teams will make it through to the National Final.
The Regional Finals provide competitors with the opportunity to gain an exciting educational experience.
They Regionals are also an environment in which students can express their creativity, skills and teamworking ability in a fun and positive way.
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) hosted the Southern Regional Finals of F1 in Schools on the 3rd of March 2014.
Check out our collection of photographs from the day's event.
GMIT Castlebar was the venue for the Western Regional Finals of F1 in Schools on the 11th of March 2014.
View our picture gallery from the day at GMIT Castlebar here.
The National Finals of F1 in Schools Season 2013-14 were held on 2 May at Dublin Castle.
Junior and senior teams competed to determine the national award-winners in various categories – and to discover the overall national champion who would represent Ireland at international level.
The F1 Finals formed part of Tech Week 14, Ireland's new Annual Festival of Technology that engages, challenges and inspires Irish students to interact with technology and to open their minds to all the possibilities of careers in IT.
CEO of the Irish Computer Society Jim Friars congratulated all of the participants.
"The teams raised the bar considerably this year and it was amazing to see the excitement and enthusiasm from both students and teachers alike. An incredible level of commitment and teamwork was displayed and the lengths that the teams went to in modelling and planning the cars were unprecedented."
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Colaiste an Chraoibhin
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
Carrick on Shannon
Coláiste Chineál Eoghain
Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Swords, Co. Dublin
Scoil Chriost Ri
Portlaoise, Co Offaly