F1 dream drives Killina’s Team Hornet

STUDENTS from Killina Secondary School saw their Formula 1 dreams brought to life recently, when AIT, the F1 in Schools Make Centre manufactured their model Formula 1 car design.

STUDENTS from Killina Secondary School saw their Formula 1 dreams brought to life recently, when AIT, the F1 in Schools Make Centre manufactured their model Formula 1 car design.

The students Ellen Godley, Ciara Ryan, Dean Power Seán Grennan and Ross Mc Mahon  are participating in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. The competition is run in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.

The Hornet  team has been working hard since September, using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create virtual 3D models of their car. Once the design specifications were finalised and using sophisticated computer systems, the AIT transformed the design into an actual, 3D balsa wood racer.

Now that the car has been manufactured, the team turns its attention to final finishing and race preparation. The car will be finished with high quality paint in the team’s Team Hornet Black and Yellow colour scheme and will have their custom made wheels from Laser Prototypes in Belfast www.laserproto.com

Race day is now fast approaching, with Regional finals taking place on Thursday, March 15 and National finals in April. Teams will be judged on multiple criteria, including car design and speed, displays of portfolios and verbal presentations.

The national winners of the 2011/2012 season will gain the chance to represent Ireland at the World finals in 2012.