F1 in Schools receives UK government support 19 Aug 2009
With Britain set to host its world championships next month, the annual F1 in Schools initiative has been boosted by praise from a member of the British government. The finals of the global challenge, which sees school children, aged 11 to 19, use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a model balsa wood Formula One car of the future, will be held in London from September 15-17.
The Right Honourable Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, endorsed the programmes aims, saying, It has never been more important to the UK economy to encourage pupils to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, and exciting initiatives like F1 in Schools help to do just that.
I am delighted that London will host the world championships later this year and we look forward to welcoming teams from around the world to our capital. The international dimension of this initiative is unique and with its multi-cultural learning opportunities it offers students the chance to expand their life skills, to develop a better understanding of the world beyond our shores and to appreciate the importance of education for a successful future.
In the UK alone, F1 in Schools attracts entries from over 200 schools, with more than 1000 students competing for a coveted place in the world championships. At a global level F1 in Schools reaches over 12 million students in 31 countries. For founder and chairman, Andrew Denford, the backing of the UK government is integral to the programmes aims.
Having the support of the UK government for F1 in Schools is fundamental to our programme, said Denford. As an international challenge we are involved with governments and education departments from many countries, so we are proud to have recognition for our work within the UK at this level. We will be hosting many high level officials from around the world at our world championships, so the support of the DCSF is very appropriate to the event.
In F1 in Schools we have captured the imagination of students by linking with the high profile sport of Formula One and with the support of the industry we have been able to use it to stimulate students and encourage them to develop their learning skills, expand their interpersonal communication and enjoy the challenge of education.
The 2009 F1 in Schools World Championships will begin with a cultural exchange event with the students gathering to meet each other and swap small cultural gifts at the IET headquarters in London. Three days of exciting competition will then precede a glittering awards ceremony and the crowning of the new world champions.
Ian Wright, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships, will officially open the event on September 15 and Vernon Coaker, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, will attend the awards celebration and officially close the event on the evening of September 17.