Austin to host F1 In Schools World Finals 2013 15 Jan 2013
F1 in Schools have announced that it will stage its ninth World Finals event in Austin, Texas to coincide with the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix which takes place at Circuit of The Americas in November. Over 250 students from around the world are expected to attend the event after winning the National Finals in their home countries.
The educational initiative, which takes place in over 40 countries, aims to help change perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula 1, science, marketing and technology. Students use CAD/CAM software to design, build and test a balsawood model F1 car of the future, powered by compressed air. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second.
2013 will be the first time that the World Finals will have been held in the United States, with the 2012 event (won by Cold Fusion, a team from Adelaide, Australia) having taken place at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
From the moment I arrived in Austin I was welcomed with open arms, said Andrew Denford, F1 in Schools founder and chairman. The city, the circuit and the local government were right behind us with their support for bringing F1 in Schools to the State of Texas. They understand the value of reaching out to the younger F1 audience and a wider fan base of young people and the F1 in Schools World Finals will sit very neatly with the ambitions of Austin.
Julie Loignon, Circuit of The America s Vice President of Public and Media Relations said: Circuit of The Americas is pleased that the F1 in Schools World Finals will be held in Austin prior to our Grand Prix. F1 in Schools provides a unique educational platform that leverages Formula 1 and provides students with a chance to apply science, math, technology and engineering subject matter to the live racing action they experience on track. Its a unique and impactful educational experience.
The event is expected to be staged in one of the leading downtown conference facilities in the run-up to the United States Grand Prix with a glittering Awards evening rounding off three days of competition for the students. They will be competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships at City University London. All the competitors will be given the opportunity to stay on for the race weekend and enjoy the experience of watching the United States Grand Prix trackside.
For more information on F1 in Schools, see www.f1inschools.com.
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