Aspiration, Application, Achievement
F1 in schools is an exciting STEM initiative designed to immerse students in the world of Formula One, using science, technology, engineering and maths at its core to produce a model race car. Each year teams of 3–6 students have to design and manufacture a miniature "car" out of the official F1 Model Block using CAD CAM design tools. The cars are powered by CO2 cartridges and are attached to a track by a nylon wire. At the regional final in Swansea our students compete against other schools and are timed from the moment they are launched to when they pass the finish line by a computer.
The winners go through to a national final and if successful will enter into the world finals.
Who can get involved? You will need commitment, drive and enthusiasm to become part of the F1 in schools team. You will also need to attend weekly after school club to develop your race car and complete your portfolio.
When does it take place? The club runs weekly on Wednesday from 2.40-4.00PM from May until February each year. The regional final is usually held at the end of February/beginning of March.
What do I need to do? To show interest you need to speak to the ICT or DT department for an informal discussion with your teacher and you should also look at the F1 in schools website to get a better understanding of what’s involved.
Why should I get involved? The benefits of becoming a part of F1 in schools are wide ranging, including working as part of a team, in depth experience of design, manufacture and engineering and working with real life designers and engineers from EESW (Engineering Education Scheme Wales).
Brynmawr Foundation School is also proud to be a “manufacturing hub” for South Wales which means that we have state of the art F1 manufacturing capabilities at the school for use by our students and other schools in partnership with the F1 programme. As a result our students get to see the whole process from concept through to manufacture of the final product.