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’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.