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.
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.”
Aramco F1 in Schools World Champions 2020/21 will be crowned next month
Inspiring designs, innovative engineering, outstanding creativity, nail-biting nerves and heart-warming team bonds are just some of the many facets of the pinnacle of F1 in Schools, its annual World Finals.
The 16th Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals, to be held from 4 – 8 June this year at the F1 in Schools UK headquarters is revving up, with 220 competitors from 43 teams from across the globe ready to be on the grid in the largest STEM challenge in the world. With just two weeks until they are on track, it’s a race to the wire as the teams put the finishing touches to their entries and prepare to showcase their talents for the ultimate glory of being crowned World Champions.
The Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals 2020 (21) will combine a live racing event with Zoom-powered presentations to create an immersive, interactive world class competition. All the World Finals teams have designed, tested and manufactured model F1 in Schools cars, used project management tools, created engineering and enterprise portfolios and developed sponsorship and marketing campaigns, all whilst learning new STEM skills along the way. Across the packed five-day schedule, judged activities, head-to-head racing and technical analysis will culminate in the crowning of the new World Champions.
“Aramco is proud to serve as title sponsor of the F1 in Schools World Finals, not only because of our commitment to support STEM growth in new and exciting ways, but because we see in these bright young students the very same passion for engineering and innovation that drives our work. As they think outside the box to build a better race car, they inspire us all with their ingenuity. In turn, we hope to inspire them to use their talents to change the world,” Fahad Dhubaib, General Manager Public Affairs, Aramco.
The innovations and enterprise shown by the students in the pursuit of success is phenomenal. A collaboration team from Malaysia and China developed a new type of plastic to build the wings and wheels of their cars, a team from India has created a Car Motion Calculator app to help new teams test their car concepts and an American team designed a rear wheel diffuser, just three of many, many inventions that will be showcased next month.
The Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals 2020 (21) will be hosted from the F1 in Schools World Finals studio, by F1 Esports Series presenter Tom Deacon and will be formally opened by Amin H. Nasser, CEO, Aramco on 4 June, with an Opening Show broadcast live on F1 in Schools YouTube channel. This will be the first time that all the student teams meet each other, although unlike usual World Finals, it will be virtually via Zoom.
Two days of time trial racing and judging sessions for the students, with a knockout racing competition to close, will decide the final positions at the chequered flag. Celebrating the new World Champions will be the finale of this year’s competition, hosted from the F1 in Schools World Finals studio, with the audience joining by Zoom to watch the announcement of the 20 award winners and the podium finishers, as the outstanding achievements of the future engineers and professionals of the Formula 1 industry are rewarded.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, says, “It has been a huge task to bring together our World Finals team, although this year it will be via the technology of Zoom, rather than our acclaimed live events held at international Grands Prix. It will, of course, be different but we have a packed schedule of events, activities and live action, with special guests throughout the course of the competition.”
“Our STEM competition and education programme nurtures and develops young students to realise their ambitions, and the World Finals showcases talent from so many countries and in so many different areas of STEM. They are all hugely passionate students who have been able to channel their enthusiasm into F1 in Schools to learn, develop and, in many cases, realise their future. I look forward to a closely fought competition and I know there will be worthy winners on the top step of the podium.”
UCL Mechanical Engineering scholarships are on offer to the World Champions, as well as the prized F1 in Schools World Champions trophy. 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.
F1® IN SCHOOLS PARTNERS WITH ZOOM