‘F1 Schools Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge opens

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SANGARI South Africa, the provider of learn­ing so­lu­tions, has launched the “F1 in Schools Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge” 2016 race sea­son in its search for a team to rep­re­sent South Africa at the world fi­nals in 2017.

The com­pe­ti­tion aims to get pupils be­tween the ages of 11 and 19 years, to de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and race their own minia­ture For­mula One cars.

The F1 in Schools Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge has be­come well-known world­wide as an ed­u­ca­tional com­pe­ti­tion that ac­tively pro­motes sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (Stem). There are over 44 coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing, mak­ing it a pres­ti­gious and fun event where the value of learn­ing is show­ing ex­cep­tional re­sults.

Pi­eter du Plessis, F1 in Schools pro­gramme man­ager at Sangari South Africa, said teams of three to six pupils are formed, a team name is se­lected and pupils are as­signed their roles.

Teams want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion must reg­is­ter their team and seek spon­sor­ship to com­pete. The process fol­lows the same process as a real For­mula One team. The teams wish­ing to en­ter the of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tions on a re­gional, pro­vin­cial, na­tional or in­ter­na­tional level have to source spon­sor­ships as these have dif­fer­ent entry costs. Teams also need to source spon­sor­ship for man­u­fac­tur­ing cars, which vary from the man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre they use. Spon­sors are of­ten com­pa­nies in close prox­im­ity to the school and the added ben­e­fit is that grad­u­ates from the school are ab­sorbed into the or­gan­i­sa­tion, thereby en­sur­ing a vi­able re­turn on their in­vest­ment.

• More on san­garisa.co.za/f1-in-schools or en­ter by e-mail­ing reg­is­ter@f1in­schools.co.za

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