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Presentation College Headford signs up team for Formula 1 challenge

Presentation College Headford has signed up a team for the F1 in schools technology challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society.

Members of the team will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1 car which will be raced against other participating schools in the regional finals in March and the national final in April.

This is the sixth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computor Society (I.C.S.) in partnership with Discover Science and Engineering.

Their reason for entering is explanined by John Moroney, manager of "Team-O Supreme-O" the team participating from Presentation College Headford.

"Our school has a rich history in this competition and we are deternined to carry this on in 2011.  This is a very rewarding project and we are all putting our hearts into it.  We submitted a five page plan which qualified our team for the regionals and we hope we can carry through to the nationals," he said.

Once a school team has qualified for the regionals they will receive a kit, which includes Balsa wood for making the model.

Ongoing support will  be offered and the school will be paired with a Formula 1 make centre i.e. a college or university with the necessary equipment for milling the models  This interaction with the colleges will give the students an introduction to Engineering Science and Technology choices at third level.

The college will offer their paired teams the opportunity to visit their facilities for design tutorials, to show models being made and cars being tested.  All participating schools also get free computor design software with which to form their creation.

Visit www.f1inschools.ie for more information on the challenge.