You and your friends are a Formula One team, challenged to design, build and race the fastest and most-efficient Formula One car of the future, powered by compressed gas cylinders. You'll need to raise sponsorship to fund your development, manage your brand and partnerships, learn how to build and test prototype cars, analyse their performance and ultimately race your very own car. Keep an eye on the competition, work hard and build quickly and you could represent Ireland at the F1 in Schools World Finals.
How do I start?
Form a team of 3-6 secondary school students alongside a supervising teacher, parent or guardian. Make sure to read the Competition and Technical Regulations so you know how to win marks, and how to build your car. Let your supervising adult read the Teachers' Guide to help mentor your progress. Then, get started on designing your car, building your brand and documenting your progress! Finally, make sure you register before the 15th of November 2020.
How does the competition work?
F1 in Schools operates at Regional, National and International levels. The competition includes four distinct stages:
Qualifying Round - 5 Page Plan Submission (online only submission of 5 page season plan in December)
Regional Finals (qualifying teams participate in in-person Regional Finals in February and March)
National Final (the top 5 teams from each Regional Final progress to compete at the National Final)
World Finals (the Irish National Champions, runners up, and third placed team compete at the World Finals as Team Ireland. Our fourth placed team becomes an International Collaboration partner at the finals.)
What will I be judged on?
F1 in Schools is a multidisciplinary competition that is judged across multiple categories. These include:
Racing (time trials and a knockout cup)
Scrutineering (does your car meet the regulations?)
Engineering Portfolio (your chance to show us your technical work)
Enterprise Portfolio (describe your sponsor strategy, team management and branding)
Verbal Presentation (impress the judges with your team spirit and innovation)
Pit Display (a physical display stand where you host your judging teams - display your branding here!)
Social Media and Marketing Plan (how do you reach fans?)
Judging for each category takes place at each finals event. At the end of the day, all scores are calculated and the winning teams are announced on the day.
What will I learn?
F1 in Schools helps students develop fundamental engineering, entrepreneurship, business and team management skills. Some of our alumni have founded startups, work in cutting edge engineering roles, and some have even made it all the way to working in F1!
Where can I find out more information?
Why should I try F1 in Schools?
F1 in Schools is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for secondary school students. Learn key engineering skills, meet loads of new people at our Finals events, and maybe even make it all the way to the World Finals!