UK TEAM CROWNED ARAMCO F1® IN SCHOOLS WORLD CHAMPIONS 2020(21)
The UK claimed the Aramco F1® in Schools World Champions 2020(21) title today, with Britannia Red, a team of six 16 and 17-year-old students from Robert May’s School, Hampshire, being announced the winners at today’s Awards celebrations. The talented youngsters narrowly beat 42 other teams from 18 countries, with Quintolux from Ireland in second place. Nebula from Australia completed the 1-2-3 with third place.
Student teams from around the globe take on their international rivals in the biggest global STEM educational initiative. They will need to have designed and developed a scale model F1® in Schools car with advanced engineering, produced a highly creative and instructive presentation of their team and built a car that has the speed to compete with the best of the world.
The Zoom-powered Awards Show, with online attendance by the teams, teachers, families and friends, dignitaries and key Formula 1 paddock personnel, celebrated the achievements of the F1® in Schools World Finalists, with the future engineers and professionals of the Formula 1 industry having worked tirelessly in pursuit of the ultimate prize, to be crowned World Champion and win valuable University scholarships from UCL Engineering, London.
Britannia Red impressed the judges with the quality of their work with the team excelling in many areas of the competition, with a superbly designed and engineered car, the team creating an engaging, professional presentation, showing innovation and a depth of STEM understanding far beyond their years.
The team also collected the Best Engineered Car and Verbal Presentation Awards on their way to the ultimate victory, with Amelia Doward, Team Manager, 16, Callum Green, 16, Zachary Taylor, 17, Edward Hodgson, 17, Caolmhe Thomas, 16,
“It’s always been our aim to be world champions, says Amelia. “We’ve be a team for three years and we’ve been working hard towards it but I don’t think we ever envisaged this happening. There were so many strong teams this year, we really didn’t expect it. We’ve put in thousands of hours for this, we’ve lost all of our social life and maybe we can have some sleep well now, but it was so worth it.”
Messages of congratulations from Formula 1 drivers were well received by all the students with 20 awards being presented during the event. Formula 1® President & CEO Stefano Domenicali announced the World Champions saying: " Formula 1 is really believing in this project in its entirety. It's been a great moment to share this intensity and when I saw all the boys and girls really so excited about what they are doing, it reminds us of who we are and this responsibility needs to be shared with the world and I will do this at the next Grand Prix."
Andrew Denford said of this year’s World Finals, “I would like to congratulate every student in every team for all the work that they have put into the competition, in one of the most challenging years that we’ve all had to endure. We’ve met some very talented students and it was a very close competition, with Britannia Red just outperforming their rivals, they were just superb, huge congratulations to them.
“We had three very exciting days of competition including plenty of close racing, with the passion of the students shining through in all the judged sessions. I know that all the students will have had an amazing Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2020(21).”
Aramco’s title sponsorship of the F1 in Schools World Finals events is an extension of its long history of investing in engaging programmes that inspire young people to follow exciting career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), recognising the ever-increasing necessity to embed such skills and foster innovation and creativity. The sponsorship introduces the company to some of the most talented STEM students from around the world and provides a platform for Aramco to showcase the Company’s innovations and ambitions.
The Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals is held with the support of a host of sponsors including Formula 1®, Aramco, Zoom, Autodesk, Denford, FIA Women in Motorsport, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, UCL Engineering and FIA Action for Road Safety.
UK Prime Minister sends message of support at Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2020(21) opening
The 43 teams from 18 countries competing at the Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2020(21) were given a welcome to remember today, with UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Aramco CEO, Amin H. Nasser leading the messages of support to the students taking part in this global STEM challenge.
The Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2020(21) combines a live racing event with Zoom-powered presentations creating an immersive, interactive world class competition. The students joined online for the opening of the five-day event, meeting their fellow competitors from around the globe for the first time. Boris Johnson addressed the students saying: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, the STEM subjects, will be key components in steering us through the great challenges the world faces today and tomorrow. It is fantastic to see that so many young people from all corners of the globe share that passion, that interest in pushing engineering and technology. The demand for STEM skills is growing. Here in the UK, we are encouraging more students into STEM education and training at all stages from primary School to higher education. “In taking part in F1® in Schools you are rising to this challenge and equipping yourselves with the skills needed for work and what better way to learn than through the invigorating stimulation of competition. I wish all of the teams the best of luck and my congratulations to the eventual winner.” Formula 1® President & CEO Stefano Domenicali welcomed the Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2020(21) with his message: “We are delighted to support the F1® in Schools programme as it continues to inspire and educate young people in STEM subjects, which are critical not only to our sport, but can have a huge impact on the wider society.”
Jean Todt, FIA President added, “The FIA is committed to supporting you, as the next generation of motor sport enthusiasts who may one day become a part of our global community…. F1® in Schools is a perfect example of what we want to achieve through PurposeDriven, and I encourage all of you to take what you learn by competing here and apply it to every aspect of your lives.”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1® in Schools, said: “I am indebted to the Prime Minister for taking the time to show his support for F1® in Schools. It is an honour for us to be recognised for the work that we do to instil a passion for STEM and we couldn’t do this without Formula 1®, the Formula 1® teams and our partners. It’s been a huge challenge to present our 16th World Finals event and finally we’re here, in partnership with Zoom, with our teams ready to compete on a world stage, I look forward to announcing our new World Champions on Tuesday.”
F1® in Schools, the largest STEM challenge in the world, tasks students to create teams and design, test and manufacture model F1® in Schools cars, use project management tools, create engineering and enterprise portfolios and develop sponsorship and marketing campaigns, learning new STEM skills along the way. The cream of young STEM talent reach the World Finals and compete for the coveted F1® in Schools World Champions title and UCL Mechanical Engineering scholarships. Previous Champions now work in Formula 1® teams and associated industries, crediting their F1® in Schools experience for helping them to realise their career ambitions.
Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals 2020(21) to be broadcasted live on new Motorsport.TV channel
New F1 in Schools channel will shine a light on the successes of the competition, aiming to bring more schools into the programme.
F1 in Schools will broadcast its World Final live on a new channel devoted to the programme on Motorsport.tv, Motorsport Network’s dedicated OTT platform, reaching an international audience.
The channel launches ahead of the World Finals on 4-8 June and will host streams from the event, showcasing the brightest talents of the younger generations. Alongside this, the channel will also feature educational videos about STEM education and highlights from the latest national competitions around the world. Thousands of schools have taken part in the competition since it started in 1999, with the competition now being hosted in 52 countries. President of Motorsport Network, James Allen, has been a Patron of the F1 in Schools project for over 20 years, supporting the importance of STEM education in schools. As part of the partnership, Motorsport.tv will be sponsoring the Digital Media Award at the World Finals which recognises excellence in social media and digital communications.
Bringing F1 in Schools to a global audience, the content will also be distributed across Motorsport Network’s digital properties which reach 56 million monthly visitors. F1 in Schools joins FIA World Rally Championship, NASCAR, British Touring Car Championship, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Race of Champions, RCCO World eX, FIA Girls on Track, Speedworks NZ motorsport, W Series and Autodromo di Nazionale Monza in the growing collection of partner channels on Motorsport.tv, promoting visibility to racing fans and major stakeholders in motorsport.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, said: “We are very excited to be launching this new partnership with Motorsport.tv and streaming our STEM challenge events across their platform. It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with motorsport fans around the world and showcase our education initiatives that inspire students and instil in them a passion for the sport and high-performance engineering. There’s also great racing to watch!”
Simon Danker, CEO of Motorsport.tv, said: “F1 in Schools is an important project, helping to introduce future talent to career paths in our industry. To be able to promote the competition on Motorsport.tv and encourage more students to get involved in STEM education is something I am very proud we are doing. We look forward to expanding our partnership with F1 in Schools in the future and inspiring younger generations to keep this industry thriving.”