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MORE suc­cess for Scar­bor­ough UTC, its third com­pe­ti­tion win within the past month, at the F1 in Schools re­gional fi­nals at York Uni­ver­sity. Fol­low­ing the suc­cesses re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally in last year’s F1 in Schools com­pe­ti­tion, Scar­bor­ough UTC en­tered three very strong teams from its pre 16 co­hort: Or­bit, Avid­ity and Poi­son Ivy.

The re­gional fi­nals took place on De­cem­ber 11 at the Na­tional Stem Cen­tre at the Uni­ver­sity of York, where the teams com­peted against some very strong schools from across the re­gion. The com­pe­ti­tion, or­gan­ised by For­mula 1, takes place all around the world for school chil­dren aged 11–18 and sees the stu­dents de­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing a minia­ture car out of the of­fi­cial F1 model block us­ing com­puter aided de­sign and com­puter aided man­u­fac­ture soft­ware and tools. The cars are fired down a drag race cir­cuit by CO2 car­tridges and are at­tached to the track by a ny­lon wire. Cars are timed and this time is not only af­fected by the over­all de­sign but also by the stu­dents’ re­ac­tion times as they press the but­ton to start the race once the lights go green.

Teams pre­sented their en­gi­neer­ing knowl­edge and its ap­pli­ca­tion to their cars to in­dus­try judges, pre­sent­ing their mar­ket­ing strate­gies and ul­ti­mately their re­ac­tions as the cars raced down the track in ex­cess of 50mph. Scar­bor­ough UTC stu­dents came away tri­umphant with the awards for ‘Best En­gi­neered Car’, ‘Team Iden­tity’, ‘Spon­sor­ship and Mar­ket­ing’.

To add to the awards they also won first and sec­ond over­all with two of the teams rep­re­sent­ing York­shire and Hum­ber­side at the na­tional fi­nals in March at Sil­ver­stone race cir­cuit - well done ev­ery­one. Ciaran Bar­tram Scar­bor­ough UTC

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