YAS MARINA CIRCUIT LAUNCHES NEW ‘F1 IN SCHOOLS’ SEASON
Programme to give primary and secondary school students insight into the world of F1®
Abu Dhabi, 24 October, 2013: With just one race left on the international Formula 1 calendar before this year’s FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, UAE students and schools are gearing up for the start for their own F1® season, with today’s announcement by Yas Marina Circuit of the launch of the 2013/2014 ‘F1 in Schools’ season.
Now in its fifth year, the ‘F1 in Schools’ programme is set for its busiest season to date. With over 700 students participating from 30 schools in last year’s competition, it is anticipated that this upcoming season will see well over 1000 students from 50 schools compete to win the title of National Champions and the right to represent the UAE internationally at the 2014 ‘F1 in Schools’ World Finals. With registration now open, primary, elementary and secondary schools throughout the UAE are invited to sign up and give their students the opportunity to experience the excitement of F1®.
“The levels of enthusiasm UAE students and teachers have shown for the ‘F1 in Schools’ Programme is truly impressive,” said Abdulla Al Shammari, ‘F1 in Schools’ Programme Coordinator at YMC. “Several schools and teams have already raced ahead to start this season’s programme, with 20 teachers attending a pre-season information session recently hosted by Dubai British School, where they were given a preview of our 2013/14 programme. ‘F1 in Schools’ is a fantastic way of making learning fun.”
The programme gives students an insight into the world of F1® through building and managing their own team, teaching students a variety of skills including engineering, science, marketing, communications and technology. As in previous years, teams will be required to design and build a miniature Formula 1 car; in addition to the design, build and performance element, teams are also required to write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and present their work to a panel of judges.
New for the 2013/2014 season is the Junior F1® Challenge, an F1® inspired programme for primary school children that acts as an exciting yet simple first step into the world of ‘F1 in Schools.’ Working in teams, pupils design and make their own F1® style model car from paper card, with each team creating their own identity and brand. The cars are powered by a compressed gas cylinder and race over a 20 metre course.
For secondary and elementary school pupils, this season’s ‘F1 in Schools’ programme also sees the competition divided into two categories: Rookie Class, for first time competitors aged 14 years or under, and Professional Class, for older students and those who have participated previously.
Successful teams will progress through school and regional levels for a chance to compete in the UAE National Final, which will be held at Yas Marina Circuit in May 2014. Both the Rookie Class and Professional Class National Champions will qualify to represent the UAE at the ‘F1 in Schools’ World Finals, held in conjunction with one of the 22 global Formula 1 Grand Prix races in 2014.
While the new season has launched, last year’s season is still in progress for four UAE teams as they prepare for the upcoming World Finals, scheduled for 14-17 November, coinciding with the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in Austin, Texas. Current UAE National Champions Adroit Infinitum from Indian High School Dubai, Strike Automobiles from the School of Research Science Sharjah, all-girls team Popcom from Al Shohub School Abu Dhabi and Safire Racing from the German International School Dubai travel will be four of 36 teams competing for the title of ‘F1 in Schools’ World Champion 2013, which will also include the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and university scholarships to City University London.
“The girls who take part in our ‘F1 in Schools’ programme have grown in confidence and have fully embraced the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime competition. They cannot wait to meet all of the other teams at the World Finals in Texas, and are passionate about the chance to represent the UAE, focusing on empowering and informing young Emirati women,” said Laura Crosse, ‘F1 in Schools’ Programme Manager at Al Shohub School, Abu Dhabi.
“This is the first opportunity our students have had to travel abroad in a school competition. We will definitely be competing in the upcoming ‘F1 in Schools’ season, and look forward to being a little more seasoned in the process.”
About Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is the home of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With motorsport as its pulse and an extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences like Drag and Track Nights, the circuit has also emerged as a thriving hub of entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most dynamic and technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting, driving an Aston Martin GT4 over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at Train Yas, or simply catch up with friends over burgers and shakes at Yas Central, there's something for everyone at Yas Marina Circuit.