Aramco has partnered with F1® in Schools, a global Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) challenge, to roll out the competition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Some of the country’s brightest young minds will have the opportunity to compete in the challenge, which involves designing and manufacturing a miniature racing car using computer-aided design and manufacturing tools.
The competition is open to government and private school students aged 9 to 19, working in teams of three to six, and the top team in Saudi Arabia will go through to the Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals, being held in 2022 in the UK. More than 26,000 schools in over 50 countries will be competing to reach the world finals.
Aramco, which became a title sponsor of the F1® in Schools World Finals last year, is supporting its introduction to Saudi Arabia as part of the Company’s efforts to promote education, foster a culture of innovation and creativity, and accelerate human potential. The Saudi team selected for the national finals will be supported by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Aramco’s flagship corporate citizenship initiative, as well as the Technology Advancement and Prototyping Center at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
Talal Marri, General Manager Public Affairs, said: “Aramco’s first year partnering with F1 in Schools showed us firsthand the passion many students have for creativity and innovation, as they harness the fields of engineering, design and more to develop their projects. This is why we felt compelled to cultivate that same passion here in the Kingdom, by encouraging students to take on their peers from around the world.”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1®️ in Schools added: “We were honoured by the visit of ARAMCO's president and CEO, Amin Al-Nasser, to our #F1®️ in Schools booth in Jeddah, which showcases what the F1®️ in Schools programme offers in Saudi, in partnership with #Ithra.
“It’s great to be launching the programme in Saudi Arabia with Aramco and iThra and we look forward to welcoming Saudi Arabian teams to future Aramco F1®️ in Schools World Finals.”
The F1® in Schools programme is initially being rolled out in the Eastern Province, with plans to expand it to other cities in Kingdom next year. For more details about the F1® in Schools competition, visit www.f1inschools.com.