The world’s largest educational initiative, the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, currently running in over 40 countries, launched in India on Thursday, as Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber team principal and a global patron of F1 in Schools, inaugurated the multi-disciplinary school programme in her home country ahead of this weekend’s 2012 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi.
F1 in Schools challenges students from 12 to 19 years of age to use CAD/CAM software to design, test and build a scale-model Formula One car out of a block of balsa wood and race it in an exciting competition. A purpose-built 20 metre track is used to test the speed of the miniature cars and the participants are judged on their car speed, final car design, verbal presentation, engineering development, team work, project presentation and marketing display. Teams compete regionally, nationally and internationally for the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy.
“Introducing F1 in Schools into India is a logical step with India joining the F1 world championship,” said Kaltenborn. “I am a great supporter of Formula One initiatives which embrace the future generations and promote a greater understanding of the industry, the employment opportunities in motorsport and the role it plays in engineering advancement. F1 in Schools will, I am sure, prove to be very popular with Indian students as an exciting, fun and innovative education-led activity and I look forward to meeting the first Indian F1 in Schools National Champions next year.”
Aaditya Tangri, Indian In-Country Coordinator for F1 in Schools, added: “We are truly excited about launching this multi-disciplinary school programme – F1 in Schools, India. The programme extends beyond the core educational disciplines, and will teach students on how to apply academic knowledge to real life problems. The idea is to help students gain scholarships, college admissions and jobs in marketing and automotive sectors. It’s a competitive age and our endeavour is to equip students beyond academic knowledge. We look forward to changing lives by creating champions. F1 in Schools will bring revolution in teaching curriculum and will help us prepare our young generations.”
F1 in Schools, the world’s biggest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) competition, has involved students from 22,000 schools around the world over the last 12 years.