Over 45 schools and more than 700 students from across the country experienced the grand saga of Formula 1 in schools National Finals at Ambience Mall in Gurugram in a STEM challenge run by Company Time of Sports.
The 25m F1 in Schools racetrack was a focal point for visitors to the event, with successful F1 in Schools teams, talking to interested visitors about their experience and hopes for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2018 that are being held in Singapore later this year. F1 in Schools is the world’s largest school based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition and requires students to design, build and race a miniature F1 car.
A part of the F1 in Schools showcase in Ambience Mall, Gurugram was the Design and Make Area, which featured live demonstrations by students and a chance for visitors to see how the miniature F1 in Schools cars are designed, manufactured and tested.
F1 in Schools involves over 44 nations worldwide, and over 20 million students partake in the competition each year. It is first time that competition is being held in India and has given the opportunity from pupils across the country to showcase their talent on the global platform.
Students from different age groups had designed and manufactured miniature Formula 1 race cars made of balsa wood or model foam, with additional 3D-printed components. They race using CO2 compressed gas which then propels the car down a 25-metre track. The audience witnessed the exhilaration of F1 miniature car racing on the finest racing track.
“Bringing the challenge to India feels like an excellent opportunity to develop and identify the youngest scientific minds in the fastest growing economy,” said Yashraj Singh, CEO & founder of Times of Sports and the In Country Coordinator of Formula 1 in schools India, adding, “It takes a lot of things to build a car that fast. You have to take into account a lot of complex aerodynamics; that comes into Formula 1 as well because students face similar challenges that real Formula 1 teams are. Pupils engage with subjects that improve their literacy, numeracy, sport and sports science, design and technology, art and design, textiles knowledge, STEM learning, computing, and business and enterprise. As a result, this programme develops true entrepreneurial skills in the students which are essentially the need of the hour.
The National Winner of India would compete with 44 other Teams from around the world in World Finals in the Singapore in 2018.