F1 in Schools™ is a not-for-profit organisation, which started in 1999 in England and is now a global competition in which over 1.5 million students compete in per year in 51 different countries.
Students aged 9-19 can compete in what is now the World's largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) compeitition which is contested on a regional, national adn international level annually. The World Final is normally held in conjunction with a Formula One™ Grand Prix.
The main concept of the competition is to design, manufacture, test and race a miniature F1™ car that is powered by a Co2 gas cylinder. The car can accelerate and reach speeds of around 60 miles per hour in under a second. Teams are not only judged on their design work, but also verbal presentations, engineering and manufacturing interviews, pit displays and, most importantly, the speed of their car. The team must also raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel, accommodation and the manufacture of their car if they are not doing it in school.
The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. On top of this, the competition promotes ‘Women in Engineering’.