Over 30 teams of primary school students from across the UK will take their place on the grid for the F1 in Schools - Jaguar Primary School Challenge National Finals this week.
· Teams have created and constructed their own design of race car
· Each team judged on car design, verbal presentation, pit display and speed of car
· Two levels of competition for 5-11 year olds: 2D and 3D challenge
Wednesday 27th June
Birmingham Thinktank science museum
10.00am – 3.00pm
Background to the event:
The F1 in Schools - Jaguar Primary School Challenge was launched in 2011 and is aimed at primary school children aged 5 to 11. It involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible in either a 2D or 3D challenge. Teams are judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, a verbal presentation to the judges and a visual ‘pit’display.
Teams of four pupils in the 2D challenge design a race car out of card, printing and assembling it complete with wheels, body and mini racing driver ready to race. Older pupils in the 3D Challenge use SolidWorks CAD software to design their car before machining a 3D model out of balsa wood with each team member taking responsibility for a specific element of the project. In both Challenges, the teams come head to head at a regional finals event where cars driven by compressed air are put to the test along a 25m race track. Teams are judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and marketing display stand in the pits.
The top three teams from each Regional Final win through to the National Final, competing for the F1 in Schools - Jaguar Primary School Challenge Champions title.
Champions in each of the the classes will win tickets to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone as well as a trophy and goodies.