For those of you who aren’t aware of the F1 in Schools program, but are curious, here’s a link to Nika Rolczewski’s excellent story in last Saturday’s Toronto Star Wheels section. In a nutshell, though, it’s a world-wide program funded by the existing Grand Prix teams in which students between the ages of 11 and 18 research, design, build and race F1 model cars in order to raise the profile of automotive engineering.
top international team wins the Bernie Ecclestone Trophy and he
always shows up to present it. Last September in
Members of the winning team – nicknamed the Golden Geckos – are Dustin Sparrow and Bret Coey (they are co-design engineers), Tyler Enns (resource manager and manufacturing engineer) and Ashley Scott (team manager and graphics designer). They beat out five other finalists in the national competition held Wednesday at the Ontario Science Centre.
Second place was won by students from Dr. Norman Bethune C.I. in Scarborough (Crystal Gao, Joanna Ni, Meagan Lin, Kellen Qi, David Zhang and Lily Tran) while third-place honours went to Woburn C.I., also in Scarborough (Geethanjali Selvam, Sushani Singh, Antonia Szeto, Zarana Bavashi, Devanshi Shah and Mazlina Khan).
awards went to students from
Now, because this is an auto racing blog, the question is: who built the fastest car? It’s all very well to be good at design and marketing and so-on but the true test comes on the race track.
The winners there? The Woburn C.I. team, whose racer rocketed (these creations are propelled by CO2 cartridges) from starting line to the finish line 20 metres away in 1.079 seconds – which would have put them third fastest at last September’s worlds.
Lewis Hamilton would have been impressed.