Yas Marina becomes F1 in Schools centre of excellence 21 May 2010
Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit has acquired the United Arab Emirates (UAE) franchise for the F1 in Schools programme, which challenges students to design miniature Formula One cars. The circuit will host a national final in June, which will see a UAE team qualify for the competitions world finals in Singapore in September.
The Yas Marina Circuit, which will host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, will also set up an F1 in Schools Centre to enable visitors to the track to experience all aspects of the F1 in Schools challenge, making it the only Grand Prix circuit to have such a facility.
F1 in Schools is a tremendous initiative that we are very proud to support, said Yas Marina Circuit chairman, HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak. It gives UAE school students a genuine opportunity not only to design and create a car but also to develop an understanding of teamwork, organisation, business and finance. It is an example of how Yas Marina Circuit is becoming both a global centre of motorsport excellence and an integral part of the community year-round.
Richard Cregan, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit and a patron of F1 in Schools in Ireland, added: A number of schools across the UAE have participated in the F1 in Schools project over the past two years and those who feel ready will now compete here in June for a place in the world finals. We look forward to welcoming education visits as part of our circuit tours, and we will also be opening up the concept to corporate teams to enable adults to take part.
Students, aged nine to 19, use software to design, build and race a model Formula One car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder. Working in teams of three to six, the students must also prepare a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and make a presentation to a panel of judges.
"F1 in Schools is delighted to have formed a partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, said Andrew Denford, chairman of F1 in Schools. To have a centre of excellence for schools at one of the world's premier Grand Prix venues, and to open up the circuit to children across the Emirates, will be a huge boost to educating all ages about the excitement of the Formula One business.
"It will also open their minds to the many career opportunities that the industry offers in engineering and other disciplines. We look forward to welcoming the next UAE national champions to our world championships in Singapore in September and one day to hosting our world championships at this tremendous location."
The F1 in Schools world championships will take place at Ngee Ann Polytechnics Convention Centre prior to this years Singapore Grand Prix in September.