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“New Technologies in Education” « F1 in Schools » An international project concerned with Informational Technology in education Founder of the Project: Andrew Denford Reporter: Brian Spalding What is “F1 in Schools? F1 means “Formula-1 car racing”

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new technologies in education
“New Technologies inEducation”

«F1 in Schools»

An international project

concerned with

Informational Technology

in education

Founder of the Project: Andrew Denford

Reporter: Brian Spalding

what is f1 in schools
What is “F1 in Schools?
  • F1 means “Formula-1 car racing”
  • “in Schools” means that the participants in the project are teams of school pupils aged between 11 and 18 years.

They use computer programs for the design, production and testing of miniature racing cars.

what do the teams do
What do the teams do?
  • They are propelled by “rockets” in the form of soda-water syphons;
  • Producing jets of carbon-dioxide gas.
  • These miniature cars are manufactured from balsa (a soft kind of wood).
important dates
Important dates
  • In 2002, already four countries were involved in the “F1 in Schools” project; so it had become International.
  • The first national conference took place in the year 2000, in Great Britain.

Number of



participating countries
Participating countries

The number of participating countries exceeds 20.

what do the teams do6
What do the teams do?
  • Each team consists of betweeen 3 and 6 pupils.
  • Each team prepares a business plan, with a financial basis; and they proceed to secure sponsorship funds..
  • With the help of the appropriate computer programs, they design the miniature racing cars with which they will compete.
what do the teams do7
What do the teams do?
  • The aerodynamic characteristics of their designs are determined by means of a “Virtual Wind Tunnel”.
  • This is a computer program embodying the scientific discipline known as “Computational Fluid Dynamics” (CFD).
the virtual wind tunnel
The VirtualWind Tunnel

It can be used on personal computers.

A special graphical interface has been created so as to facilitate the use of the program by school-children.

The computer program which they use is called PHOENICS,

the latest interface for the virtual wind tunnel
The latest interface forthe Virtual Wind Tunnel

The latest interface makes use of ‘Prelude’, which provides ‘Gateways’ to PHOENICS which focus on

particular applications.

It is simple enough to be used by the youngest children.

what do the teams do10
What do the teams do?
  • The predictions of the Virtual Wind Tunnel are checked against measurements in a real Wind Tunnel..
  • Using machine-control computer programs, the teams create the instructions which will cause lathes or milling machines to create their models.
the competition
The Competition
  • Then the models are raced, two at a time, in a twenty-meter-long track.

There exist national and international competitions; and there is now even a Cup for the Championship of the World.

criteria and the prizes
Criteria; and the prizes

The judges consider not only the speed of the machines, but also:

  • the quality of design,
  • the marketing skills demonstrated by the teams, and
  • their presentation of the project.

In 2005, these five young Australians won scholarships to study engineering at a London University worth a total of 1.5 million dollars.

the founder of the project andrew denford maintains that
The founder of the project, Andrew Denford, maintains that:

with the assistanceof modern computer technology, pupils

learn the elements of:

  • aerodynamics,
  • mechanics,
  • brand-management,
  • marketind,
  • teamwork,
  • physics,
  • design,
  • graphics,
  • sponsoring,
  • leadership,
  • financial strategy

and all within a framework of friendly and enjoyable rivalry.

Evidently, the rapid and extensive spread of the project shows that: Andrew Denford + “F1 in Schools” constitute the right formula!

final remarks
Final remarks
  • The web-site of the project is:

  • The computer program embodying the Virtual Wind Tunnel can be inspected, and tried out, in the Internet Café on the second floor of Pavilion 2, between 1100 and 1600 hrs of each day of the exhibition.
  • All interested persons are cordially invited.
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Among these flags, the space for Russia’s is free

All these countries have joined within the last five years

Страны, вступившие в 2006 г.