The race has started for students at secondary schools all across Ireland who are to compete in the ‘F1 In Schools’ project.
The competition began in the UK in 2001 and soon spread to an international stage, now hosting teams from over 40 countries with 20 million students participating annually. It challenges the students to design, build and race miniature F1 cars and race them along a 20m test-track.
Irish Minister for Education, Ruari Quinn, was on hand at the Irish Computer Study offices to give the project the green light.
“This programme is a fantastic way for students to put into practise what they have learned in the classroom,” Minister Quinn said. “It really is a case of learning by doing. The global popularity and high-tech world of Formula One provides a very exciting and engaging platform for education and it is great to see how popular it has become within schools to enthuse students to study engineering, as well as the other key school subjects.”
The 2012 competition was won by Cold Fusion from Australia, while the 2013 World Finals are to be held in Austin, Texas this November.