Pupils build the ul­ti­mate F1 car of the fu­ture

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

TWO dozen teams will com­pete in the 2015 For­mula One Schools Chal­lenge.

Each team will put their skills to the test as they de­sign the ul­ti­mate F1 car of the fu­ture.

The chal­lenge is open to Grade 9 to 11 pupils around the world, who must de­sign, build and race minia­ture com­pressed air-pow­ered balsa wood F1 cars.

Lo­cal pupil teams will com­pete against each other in a spe­cially de­signed 20-me­tre test track at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium on June 13 and 14.

Each team of be­tween three and six pupils will cre­ate a “pit” dis­play — show­cas­ing their work in de­vel­op­ing their race car, along with a ver­bal and writ­ten pre­sen­ta­tion for the judges.

De­sign will play a crit­i­cal role in the suc­cess of the teams — both in the de­sign of the car it­self, as well as the peo­ple in­volved in bring­ing that de­sign from the ini­tial idea right through to the start­ing grid.

The Chal­lenge, in its 14th year, was in­tro­duced to the United King­dom in 2000 and since this time has ex­panded to over 40 coun­tries, reach­ing over 20 mil­lion pupils tak­ing part around the globe. — WR.

THE COM­PET­ING SCHOOLS ARE:

Bret­ton­wood High School, Carter High School, Clifton Col­lege, Craw­ford Col­lege, Dur­ban Girls’ Col­lege, Eden Col­lege, George Camp­bell Tech­ni­cal School, Grantleigh School, Inkosi Umdiban­iso Com­pre­hen­sive High School, Ix­opo High School, Mead­ow­lands School, Protec Ink, Protec Ton­gaat, Si­vananda Tech­ni­cal School and Um­lazi Comtech

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