Girls are all revved up at Scoil Chríost Rí

The three F1 teams at Scoil Chr�ost R� in Portlaoise.
Engines revved! All teams are lined up at the starting line of the ‘F1 in Schools’ competition for secondary school students.

Engines revved! All teams are lined up at the starting line of the ‘F1 in Schools’ competition for secondary school students.

All roads lead to Abu Dhabi in this fast paced competition. Three teams from Scoil Chríost Rí Presentation Secondary School have undertaken the task of designing and building a model F1 car capable of racing along tracks at speeds up to 110mp/h.

Along with building the car they have to meet certain deadlines like submitting twenty page portfolios detailing every aspect of the design process. The girls from Scoil Chríost Rí have already progressed through the initial qualifying round and have already started their twenty page plans.

F1 in Schools is a unique technology challenge that enables second-level students to get their hands on the latest technology from the worlds of technology, engineering and manufacturing. Students learn about physics, aerodynamics, laminar flow, engineering, manufacturing, design, marketing, sponsorship and financial skills and most importantly team work.

The competition has six steps:

1. Plan: Form an F1 team of 3-6 students. Register and brainstorm. Put your best ideas together in a five-page plan.

2. Design: Using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, design a F1 car of the future to the set specifications, just like in Formula One.

3. Analyse: Aerodynamics are analysed for drag co-efficiency in a virtual wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

4. Make: Using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, a CNC router will convert the car design into a physical car.

5. Test: Aerodynamics can be tested in wind and/or smoke tunnels. 6. Race: Time to put your team to the test and race your F1 car at 110 km/hr. (or faster).

The next step for the girls is the regional final in March. Here they will race their car and present their portfolio in the hope of coming home with the gold and progressing on to Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi they will compete against 36 countries including Australia, Germany, UK and the USA. Here they will have the chance to win the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone Award and an engineering scholarship to City University London.

Scoil Chríost Rí is entering three teams, two in the junior category (Team Cheetah and Supercharged), and in the senior category, Lombardi Racing. Watch out because Scoil Chríost Rí will be leaving everyone else in the dust.

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