Marist Hurricanes from Marist College Athlone were declared the overall winners of the 2015-16 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society Foundation at the National Finals held in Dublin's RDS as part of Tech Week 2016.
The Marist Hurricances team are: Darren O’Hara Duggan (manager), Cian McBrearty, Tom O’Carroll, Jamie McManus, Ciaran McDermott, and Joe Reidy. Their teacher is Mr. Hardiman. The team also scooped the national award for Best Use of ICT and CAD.
The team now has the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2016 World Championships in Austin, Texas later this year.
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.
"I have learned so many skills and gained so much experience. We have put in so much time, and I don't regret it at all. Should be encouraged to all schools!"
Juliette Crosbie, student,
Dundalk Grammar School
"I enjoyed the F1 in Schools even though I had very little background in technology subjects or business. I've learned a lot from the competition."
Jordan O'Connor, student,
"F1 in Schools gave students experience in areas of ICT and engineering they would not have got if they did not enter."
Clare McHugh, teacher,
Presentation College Carlow
"Students receive higher results ... Maths, Design & Communications Graphics, Technology, Construction, Art, Business. etc. - all benefit."
Declan Mullins, teacher,