Killina’s Team Hornet confident of F1 success

Team Hornet from Killina Presentation Secondary school are delighted to see that their hard work in research and all the preparation for their project plan has paid off as they have successfully gotten through the Qualifying Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society.

Team Hornet from Killina Presentation Secondary school are delighted to see that their hard work in research and all the preparation for their project plan has paid off as they have successfully gotten through the Qualifying Stage of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society.

This is the sixth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership Discover Science & Engineering.

F1 in schools is a competition open to secondary schools nationwide with the brief to design and manufacture model racing cars.

Each car measures about 25cms long and by using compressed air canisters to power their 25cm long model cars to achieve scale speeds in excess of 350kmph.

Team Manager Ellen Godley describes the work their team as put in to get to this stage in the competition: “We are very happy to be through to the next stage in the competition and plan to work even harder to increase our chances to compete in the National Finals.”

The Qualifying Stage consisted of a five page plan on how Team Hornet intended to create their 25cm balsa wood Formula One™ car by showing their research, proposed budgets, designs and much more. In order to encourage creativity and originality amongst the entrants extra points were given to teams who submitted one additional item alongside their mandatory five page plan. This item could be anything from an additional page in the plan, a PowerPoint slide or a video.

Marketing & Communications Manager Ciara Ryan of Team Hornet gives details on their team’s original piece and explains why it sets their team apart from competitors: “Our Team has based our car on the U2 stealth bomber and have chosen this as our additional item. Not only is the U2 stealth bomber known for its speed it is also known for its aerodynamic shape, we think this will give us the edge over our competitors.”

Team Hornet looks forward to participating in the Regional Finals and Ellen Godley commented, “All members of our team have worked extremely hard so far in the competition and with the different talents that our team has I think we have a good chance in getting far in the F1 in Schools Competition.”

If you would like to know more about the F1 in Schools competition visit their website at www.f1inschools.ie

If you would like to know more about Team Hornet visit their website at www.teamhornet2012.wordpress.com