ENGLAND TAKE GLORY AND LIFT THE WORLD
Evolve UK, a team of 17 and 18 year old boys from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham, Kent, were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions 2019 tonight, collecting four trophies and the prestigious title at a stunning Awards Celebration Ceremony held on Turn 1 under the iconic Shams Tower at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, just two days before Formula 1 cars take to this track for the ETIHAD FORMULA 1 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019. Runners up were Fusion from Gymnasium Unterrieden, Sindelfingen, Germany with Aflex Hose Centurion Racing from Rishworth School, Halifax, UK, in third, completing the podium.
Two of the three boys applied for and won places in the Unilever Williams Engineering Academy (UWEA). Along with the World Champions title the boys have won scholarships to City, University of London, UCL Mechanical Engineering and University of Huddersfield. This weekend they will be treated to a F1 Experience track tour, paddock access for each day of the Grand Prix and a trophy presentation on the Formula 1 podium. Evolve UK, with team members George Stonor, Freddie Bull and Lewis Fowler collected awards for winning the Knockout Racing competition, Pit Display Award and Enterprise Portfolio Awards, before jumping on to the top step of the podium to claim the trophy, as fireworks lit up the sky to celebrate their success.
George Stonor said, “We came here hoping for a top ten finish and possibly an award, so to have won three awards was amazing, but to be World Champions is just so much more than we could have imagined. We really didn’t think we could do it, especially with so many good teams, it’s just incredible. We’ve been devoted to this competition for so many years, it’s taken over our lives, but it’s been so worth it”.
The announcement of the UWEA students for 2019 was made during the Awards Ceremony. Academy application is exclusively for F1 in Schools World Finals students and is a proven pathway to a Formula 1 career. A total of ten students have been selected to join the Academy that is designed to identify talented engineers.
The evening featured 21 awards, presented by representatives from award supporter companies and F1 personalities, including 2016 World Champion, Nico Rosberg and Formula 1 CEO, Chase Carey, with 15 teams, from Australia, USA, Thailand, India, UK, Ireland, Germany, Brazil, China and Malaysia visiting the stage to receive them.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said of this year’s competition,
“What can I say, but just WOW! We had three really intense, exciting days of competition where all the students put their heart and soul into doing their best and showcasing their skills. We then round it off with the most amazing evening. An awards evening on the track at Yas Marina Circuit sounds insane, but we pulled it off with all our teams having the most fantastic celebration of the World Finals.”
This 15th World Finals is the pinnacle of F1 in Schools, drawing together the best F1 in Schools students from around the world to compete for the ultimate prize in this global competition, to be crowned F1 in Schools World Champions. Reaching the World Finals has been a journey that teams will have been on for at least one year, and in many cases, two or three years. Their hard work and passion for the challenge of F1 in Schools has already brought them success in their home countries and now they do battle with other national winners.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 is held with the support of a host of sponsors including Formula 1, ADNOC, Yas Marina Circuit, Denford, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management, Autodesk, Etihad, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, UCL Engineering, City, University of London, University of Huddersfield and Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
THE EXPERINCE OF A LIFETIME AWAITS THE
Seeing your own design of miniature F1 car race to the finish line in around one second, overcoming nerves to present your work to expert judges, enjoying the special bond of an elite team, making new friends for life, experiencing an awards ceremony on the actual Formula 1 track at Yas Marina Circuit – sounds impossible, but not for this year’s F1 in Schools World Finals teams.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019, supported by ADNOC, takes place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi from 24 – 27 November alongside the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and will feature 55 teams representing 22 countries competing over four days for the prestigious F1 in Schools World Champions 2019 title.
Over 500 students, teachers, parents, sponsors and supporters, will travel from around the world to compete at the highest level of this highly acclaimed global STEM competition, an education programme that inspires and nurtures young talent to realise their ambitions.
The multi-faceted STEM competition embraces enterprise, design, engineering, marketing and teamwork. Formula 1 is at the heart of the initiative, with students forming F1 teams in miniature to design, make, test and race an F1 in Schools car, competing regionally and nationally, with the best teams winning a place at the F1in Schools World Finals 2019. The stakes are high too, with City, University of London, UCL Mechanical Engineering and University of Huddersfield scholarships on offer to the World Champions, as well as the prized F1 in Schools World Champions trophy and a VIP experience at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The competition days of this year’s World Finals will be staged at du Forum on Yas Island, with the Awards Celebration Ceremony rewarding all the team’s efforts at a unique event that will be on the Yas Marina Circuit track at Turn 1, with the students joined by personalities and representatives from the Formula 1 teams, Yas Marina Circuit and title partner, ADNOC.
The competition features verbal presentations, portfolio, pit display, marketing and engineering judging sessions, as well as the intense pressure of the 20 metre F1 in Schools track racing, For 25 students, there will be the added challenge of the Unilever Williams Engineering Academy Assessment Centre and the chance to win a coveted place in the Academy, that takes its students exclusively from the F1 in Schools World Finals event each year.
A total of 22 awards will be presented at the finale, rewarding the outstanding achievements of the F1 in Schools 2019 World Finals teams, the future Engineers and professionals of the Formula 1 industry.
Countries represented – Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Cyprus, England, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, UK, USA, Vietnam and Wales.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 is held with the support of a host of sponsors including Formula 1, ADNOC, Yas Marina Circuit, Denford, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management, Autodesk, Etihad, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, UCL Engineering , City, University of London, University of Huddersfield and Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
F1 IN SCHOOLS WORLD FINALS 2019 WELCOMES
ADNOC signs partnership agreement to support the event, reinforcing its commitment to enabling the development of the next generation of the UAE’s talent
55 teams representing 22 countries will compete in Abu Dhabi to win the World Champions Title
F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 welcomes a new title partner with the announcement that the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed an agreement to support the event. The partnership agreement reinforces ADNOC’s commitment to enabling the development of the next generation of the UAE’s talent through its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focused activities.
ADNOC has partnered with Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM), operators of Yas Marina Circuit, to support the Yas in Schools programme which includes the highly acclaimed F1 in Schools.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 in partnership with ADNOC, which will be held at du Forum on Yas Island and Yas Marina Circuit alongside the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, will be the first event to showcase the partnership.
The highlight of the event will be an Awards Celebration Ceremony to crown the F1 in Schools World Champions 2019 which will be held on the track of Yas Marina Circuit at Turn 1, under the iconic Shams Tower, the most exciting and unique venue yet in the 15-year history of F1 in Schools World Finals.
F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 will bring together the top 55 teams from the global F1 in Schools programme that operates in over 58 countries. This year’s crop of STEM talent will represent 22 countries, all vying for the World Champions title that brings with it university scholarships to City, University of London and UCL Engineering, the coveted F1 in Schools trophy and a VIP experience at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Andrew Denford, Chairman and Founder of F1 in Schools commented on ADNOC partnering with the event this year, “We are delighted to welcome ADNOC as our title partner for our World Finals this year as part of their wider collaboration with ADMM. We applaud the vision and wisdom of ADNOC, with their support for Yas in Schools and their commitment to promoting STEM learning throughout schools in the UAE. We look forward to showcasing the young STEM talent from around the world and in the UAE at the World Finals and I know that they will be highly impressed by the standards of work produced by the students and will appreciate the value that F1 in Schools has in promoting STEM and in particular, engineering on a global basis.
The ADNOC partnership agreement with ADMM, which aims to enhance STEM-related learning in UAE was signed by Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Director of the Executive Office Directorate at ADNOC, and Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.
Commenting on ADNOC’s support for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2019, Al Suwaidi said: “The F1 in Schools World Finals - presented by ADNOC - is an exciting event which will see some of the brightest minds globally compete for the World Champions Title at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
“Supporting and attracting global STEM programs and competitions like “F1 in Schools” aligns with ADNOC’s strategy to provide our youth with new and exciting challenges that push the boundaries of what they can achieve. We believe that investing in our students today will result in a more competitive workforce for tomorrow.”
Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “It is fantastic to have the F1 in Schools Finals back on Yas Island and at Yas Marina Circuit. Having the pinnacle event of a hard-fought season just before the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019 means excellent global exposure for the event as well as giving students the opportunity to be inspired by real-life Formula 1 teams and drivers. With ADNOC on board as a title partner, this will give the programme additional momentum and energy, continuing the positive impact it is making on STEM education in the UAE.’
ADNOC continues to focus on creating a sustainable positive social impact by delivering programs that support the UAE’s future economic development plans. Through its STEM-focused activities, ADNOC is developing the next generation of skilled workers, who will be the driving force of the UAE economy.
Since 2017, ADNOC has launched and supported a number of STEM promoting programs and initiatives including Kumon mathematics, UAE coder program, and it has set up LEGO innovation labs across a number of schools in the UAE.
ADNOC has recently partnered with the Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, ADMM, to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related, STEM, learning in UAE, through the "Yas in Schools" program, a youth initiative of the ADMM, which offers schools a pathway of project-based, motorsport-themed STEM learning programs for students aged eight to 21 years.
The “Yas in Schools” program will be provided across the ADNOC’s entire network of schools and technical institutes, as well as government and private schools in the UAE.
ADNOC is one of the world’s leading diversified energy and petrochemicals groups with a daily output of about 3 million barrels of oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. With 14 specialist subsidiary and joint venture companies, ADNOC is a primary catalyst for the UAE’s growth and diversification. To find out more, visit www.adnoc.ae
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Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is home to the annual FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and much more. In addition to the extensive year-round program of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences including Drag and Yas Track Nights, the circuit has emerged as a thriving hub for entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most 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 at our Kartzone, driving a classic Caterham 360, or an Aston Martin GT4 at over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit under the TrainYas umbrella, participate in one of our many sporting events, or simply catch up with friends at Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit truly is The Meeting Place of Champions.
TURNITIN AND F1 IN SCHOOLS PARTER TO PROVIDE
Turnitin, the world leader in feedback, grading, and plagiarism detection solutions is teaming up with F1 in Schools to check the originality of submissions for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
Founded in the UK in 2000, the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge exists to inspire school-age students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy.
The not-for-profit organisation provides an exciting-yet-challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula 1. The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which students design, construct, and race air-powered cars.
During the competition, each competing team is required to deliver a collection of work, including a business plan, branding exercise, verbal presentation, and portfolio (documenting both business and engineering strategy).
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, says, “There is a clear need to ensure originality of the teams’ written submissions, of course. But more importantly, we see this as an opportunity to educate young people on the importance of integrity and some of the fundamentals of research and academic writing at an earlier age.”
Turnitin has been at the forefront of integrity solutions for over 20 years; its tools are used by over 15,000 institutions in 140 countries, helping to prevent copy and paste plagiarism and collusion by identifying matches to sources in Turnitin’s comprehensive internet database, scholarly articles, and previously submitted student papers.
By partnering with Turnitin, F1 in Schools will receive access to a world-class document rendering service with built-in similarity checking. Turnitin’s Similarity Report is one of the most extensive, accurate, and robust solutions in its space, and will allow F1 in schools to check new portfolios against those from previous years of F1 in Schools finals.
“STEM education is an area of increasing importance in today's technology-driven world, but like any other academic discipline it must be held to high standards of integrity,” says Cees Poortman, Turnitin Regional VP for EMEA. “We are delighted to assist F1 in Schools as they foster ingenuity and creativity, whilst promoting originality and integrity outside of the classroom.”
With such high stake prizes being awarded—including university scholarships at City, University of London, UCL Mechanical Engineering, University of Huddersfield, and places in the Unilever Williams Engineering Academy—Turnitin is focused on assisting F1 in schools to emphasise the importance of integrity to its participants. With access to Turnitin’s reliable solution, F1 in Schools can safely preserve the longstanding reputation of the competition and protect the intellectual property of these young innovative thinkers.
As part of its new 2019 competition regulations, F1 in Schools asserts that plagiarism undermines the credibility and integrity of the F1 in Schools challenge and the spirit of the competition; competing teams that intentionally plagiarise any part of their assessed work may be excluded from that element of the competition.
On Sunday 24 November, the F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 will welcome 55 teams from 22 countries with the competition being held at the du Forum, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Each team consists of three to six students. All competing teams will be asked to submit a plagiarism declaration as part of Turnitin’s partnership with F1 in Schools.
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About F1 in Schools
Andrew Denford, an entrepreneurial engineer working within the education sector, founded the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge in the UK in 2000. He implemented a STEM programme that uses the high profile, glamorous and high-tech world of fast cars and Formula 1 to engage and inspire students, introducing them to engineering in a compelling and unique educational competition. Today this world-leading global educational initiative operates in 45 countries worldwide.
Researching, designing, making and racing an F1 car of the future is at its core. Teams then race each other head-to-head on the F1 in Schools 20 metre racetrack. The challenge can be used as an education tool or hook to engage students in STEM subjects. This gives students the opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, presenting and teamwork, while forming the foundation for any career path they choose to follow.
The students assess their performance against other schools at a series of regional finals around the country. The best teams at each regional final compete at their National Finals and success at this level earns them a place at the World Finals.
The world champions win scholarships for City, University London and UCL Engineering, as well as being guests of Formula 1 with complimentary four-day paddock access to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 and the coveted World Champions trophy.
This Formula 1 supported global STEM programme is also a proven route to motorsport and automotive careers with former participants working in Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers, sports agencies and many more allied companies.
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The F1 in Schools World Finals, which takes place alongside a round of the Formula 1 World Championship each year, will be held with this year’s FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019, the final round of the F1 season, in partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, considered to be one of the most technologically advanced Formula 1 circuits in the world and the home of motorsports in the Middle East.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 will bring together an anticipated 60 teams from over 25 countries with the competition days being held on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The event will start on Sunday 24 November with an opening ceremony and the first of three days of competition. The event will conclude with a glittering Awards Celebration and Dinner, which will be hosted at Yas Marina Circuit on Wednesday 27 November. The World Finalists will then have the opportunity to soak up the Grand Prix over the following four days.
Abu Dhabi has hosted the F1 in Schools World Finals on two previous occasions, with the events being held at Ferrari World in 2012 and 2014. The expansion of the event has led to a move to a new venue on Yas Island this year, with the need to accommodate over 300 students and their pit displays, the F1 in Schools 20 metres race track and the judging areas required for this exciting education event.
He adds, “I know our students are going to have the most amazing time in Abu Dhabi for the World Finals and then to have a chance to go to the Grand Prix, makes it extra special. These are the Formula 1 Engineers, marketeers and team managers of the future and they gain so much inspiration from experiencing the occasion first-hand, it will give them memories of a lifetime.”
Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “We are delighted to welcome hundreds of international students to the home of our iconic Formula 1 track and to experience our world-class facilities.
“Our partnership with The F1 in Schools programme keeps growing year on year and is a key part of our Yas In Schools programme. We are excited to continue to be playing our part in developing the leaders of the future. Yas Marina Circuit is proud to support the spirit of innovation in students from around the world and we wish the teams success at the F1 in Schools World Finals this year.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 is supported by Formula 1 and in partnership with Yas Marina Circuit, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), City, University of London, UCL Engineering, Denford Ltd and Autodesk.