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Singapore to host 2010 F1 in Schools world championships 10 May 2010

The F1 in Schools contenders. F1 in Schools World Championships 2009, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, England, 17 September 2009. © Ebrey/ F1 in Schools Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren tries his hand at racing one of the competing vehicles. F1 in Schools World Championships 2009, Royal Horticultural Halls, London, England, 17 September 2009. © Ebrey/ F1 in Schools The winning Irish team. F1 in Schools World Championships 2009, London, England, 17 September 2009. © Ebrey/ F1 in Schools Romain Grosjean (FRA) Renault with the French winners of the F1 in Schools competition.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 29 August 2009

F1 in Schools has announced that its sixth world championships will be held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Convention Centre in Singapore prior to this year’s Singapore Grand Prix in September. Having hosted the Singapore national championships for the last five years, the polytechnic is well placed to organise the premier event in the F1 in Schools calendar, which is expected to be attended by over 250 students from around the globe.

The F1 in Schools initiative sees students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a balsa-wood model F1 car of the future, powered by compressed air. It takes place in over 30 countries, with an estimated six million school children competing.

“We are indebted to Ngee Ann Polytechnic for agreeing to host our 2010 World Championships and we are looking forward to a very exciting event,”commented Andrew Denford, founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools. “The Polytechnic has tremendous facilities and I know that they will provide us with a superb backdrop to this prestigious competition. We have very specific demands, with the many different elements which comprise F1 in Schools, but I know that this first-class venue will be able to cope admirably. We are looking forward to meeting all our competitors at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in September.”

The Singapore event will take place from September 19-26, with the two main competition days on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21. The event culminates with the final stage, the Knockout racing competition, which will be held on Thursday 23. A glittering awards celebration will be the finale to an intense week of highly pressured racing, presentations and judging. This will be attended by a number of dignitaries and invited guests from the world of Formula One racing.

Foo See Meng, deputy principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, added: "Ngee Ann Polytechnic is honoured to host the F1 in Schools World Championships 2010. Having held the national competition in Singapore at our Convention Centre, we are delighted to play a key role in this international event. This highly-charged motorsport event is a fantastic platform to get students excited about engineering and design.”

The world championships will bring together national champions from F1 in Schools competitions around the globe, as well as a number of collaborative teams with teams from two different countries competing together.