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Elizabethtown Area Middle School to host regional Formula One in Schools Competition

Feb 26th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

When:
Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Elizabethtown Area Middle School. 600 East High Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

What:
Elizabethtown Area School District is hosting the F1 in Schools Regional Finals for Pennsylvania. This popular Formula One challenge will see eleven teams competing for a place at the national finals to be held at Michigan International Speedway in May. Competition day is organized into several parts including racing student designed and manufactured 1/20th scale model Formula One racing cars to see who has the fastest car. The teams of between 3-6 students must also prepare and present an engineering portfolio, enterprise portfolio and marketing plan, as well as deliver a 10-minute presentation on their car’s engineering. In total, eleven teams will be competing representing Elizabethtown Area High School, Wilson High School, Manheim Township High School, Daniel Boone High School, and Brentwood High School.

Why:
F1 in Schools is an international competition open to all students to design and manufacture 1/20 scale model of a futuristic F1 racing car. The cars are powered by air-filled cartridges and reach speeds of up to 50 mph as they race down a 20-meter track. Teams consist of three to six students and compete against each other at regional, national and international levels to determine the best-engineered and fastest car.

Sounds simple? Not when you consider that these 11 to 18-year-old students use state-of-the-art software programs that enable them to use CAD (computer-aided design), CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) and CFD (computational fluid dynamics) just like real F1 designers. Or that they have to manage the whole project from scratch, from drawing up a business plan and raising the sponsorship, through the design and manufacturing stages, to a presentation in front of a panel of judges.

F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Technology.

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