Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix and City of Miami
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – South Florida Motorsports (SFM), the organizers of the Formula 1® Miami Grand Prix and the City of Miami Gardens launched the F1 in Schools program at the City of Miami Gardens’ Bunche Park Alternative Sports and Fitness Center. Administered through the Miami Gardens Parks and Recreation Department and Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge (S.E.E.K), the program’s goal is to motivate, engage and inspire students. Meals were provided to participants from local Miami Gardens business Drinks on Me 305. The first ever F1 Miami Grand Prix will be held on May 6-8, 2022.
“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Miami Gardens and F1 in Schools to increase access to STEM education for local youth,” said Jason Jenkins, Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs, F1 Miami Grand Prix. “We hope this intentional investment in the community will inspire and promote careers in innovation, science and technology.”
Created in 2000, F1 in Schools is dedicated to introducing students to design, engineering, project management, branding, marketing, and teamwork using the excitement and appeal of Formula 1®. F1 in Schools is one of the largest global educational programs that raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among students and school children.
“We are excited that F1 in Schools is underway in the City of Miami Gardens, and that it’s accessible to the students in our parks and recreation programs,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris. “I am grateful to everyone who made our participation in this global, educational initiative possible. This is an invaluable investment in our community, and the skills developed by our children here will equip them for future success.”
“S.E.E.K Foundation is so thrilled to be a part of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix and F1 in Schools Program. This initiative brings cognizance and more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) engagement to children in the great City of Miami Gardens,” said Anike Sakariyawo, S.E.E.K Foundation CEO. “The program will allow our children to explore endless possibilities with different careers in motorsports. It will expose children to careers related to engineering, mechanics, electrical engineering, technician, IT operations and much more. This will provide children in Miami Gardens to investigate their curiosity through teamwork, trial and error, while increasing higher self-esteem in STEM education. In a nutshell, F1 in Schools is an innovative opportunity to enhance children’s learning through STEM Education.”
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.