Edenderry TY students driving towards F1 success in Schools’ Regional Finals

The Radical Racing F1 Team from St Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry have successfully progressed through the Qualifying Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge to the Regional Finals in Griffith College, Dublin.

The Radical Racing F1 Team from St Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry have successfully progressed through the Qualifying Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge to the Regional Finals in Griffith College, Dublin.

This competition is for Transition year students and the aim is to see who can build the fastest F1 Racing Model car whilst completing all the related research, planning, design, construction, marketing and financial tasks. This is the sixth year for the competition in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.

Team Manager Luke McVeigh describes the work so far.

”We have been busy since early October developing a five page plan, outlining our work on design, aerodynamics and construction of the F1 Model car. In addition we had to outline all the associated research, finances and marketing to be carried out over the coming months.

“It was important for us to outline out intentions in the competition which are to become Irish F1 in Schools Champions 2012-2013. Extra points were given to teams who submitted one additional item along side their mandatory five page plan. This item could be anything from an additional page in the plan, a PowerPoint slide, a video etc. Radical Racing decided to create a distinctive logo for their team which they used as their originality piece for the five page plan,” he added.

Marketing & Communications Manager Patrick Carty gave further details on the team’s originality piece.

“The distinctive Logo sets our team apart from competitors. The X on the teams logo is a symbol of ‘X marks the spot’ as in X marks our target, which is to be F1 in schools Irish Champions, and we state this clearly in our logo.”

Ronan Smith, the team’s Financial Officer feels Radical Racing have the potential to get through to the national Finals if all their plans come together over the next six weeks as they have already sorted some local sponsorship to finance their plans .

The other key member of the team is James Mooney, Team Graphical Designer & Social Media Moderator. James is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the other top schools in Leinster participating in the Regional Finals on the 7-8 March in Griffith College, Dublin.

The winners will go forward to the F1 in Schools National Finals on 26th April 2012.

The Team’s Website is radicalracingf1.weebly.com (click here to go to the website) or you can follow the team on Facebook or Twitter. If you would be interested in sponsoring the Team during the campaign, Contact Team Manager Luke at radicalracingf1@hotmail.com.