Three Students from St Mary’s Secondary school, Edenderry, have successfully qualified for a place in the national finals of the F1 in Schools competition.
The team consisted of three Transition Year pupils; Luke McVeigh, Áine McNamee and Cathal Flattery. The trio were among five teams in the senior category that qualified for the next round.
The team collaborated with both the University of Limerick and Mercedes to create their car. They sourced materials and equipment from UL and sought the expertise of veteran car engineers in Mercedes for the aerodynamic designing of the car.
An awards presentation took place at the end of the day, presenting the successful teams with their certificates. A second presentation took place for the qualifiers from the junior categories.
“I’m very pleased with the result but I acknowledge that there is a lot of work to do, yet I am pleased with the level of work we have already done and the platform we have left ourslelves to propel ourselves to victory,” stated team leader, Luke McVeigh.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the project, it was both enjoyable and interesting,” stated Áine, design engineer.
The F1 in Schools competition presents students with the opportunity to use manufacturing design software and develops engineering skills in a school atmosphere.
It requires teenagers to design and manufacture their own scale model of an F1 car, as well as source sponsorship and funding from businesses in their local area, simulating the challenges an actual F1 engineer would face in their line of work.
The model cars are raced against each other along a 20-metre long track, reaching speeds greatly in excess of 50-mph.
The event takes place internationally, involving 26 different countries worldwide.