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Two CEIST Schools to represent Ireland at F1 in Schools World Championship

Two more teams have been chosen to represent Ireland at the F1 in Schools World Championships in Abu Dhabi this November.

Photon Racing from Presentation College Headford and Renaissance Racing from Presentation College Carlow will join Autolaunch Racing, also from Presentation College Carlow at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi this winter.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is a global education initiative, run in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society, that challenges students to design, make, market, and race model sized F1 cars using CAD technology.

The two teams were chosen as wildcards having performed well at the F1 in Schools Irish National Final in Dublin Castle on May 2nd, with Photon Racing winning 2nd place in the Senior Category and Renaissance winning the Junior Category.

Renaissance Racing is entering as a collaboration team after pairing up with Team Tachyon from Dubai who finished 2nd Place in the United Arab Emirates National Final.

The Irish branch of the F1 in Schools challenge began as a response to a recognised skills shortage in computing and engineering, with technology courses having had experienced a significant decline in CAO applications over a number of years.

This is the fourteenth year running for the leading global education initiative, which now incorporates over 25,000 schools from 40 different Countries.

The three teams will hope to emulate the success of the last Irish team to win the World Finals, ‘The Koni Kats’ from St. David’s Secondary School in Greystones in the 2009 Finals in London.