Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit will host 33 teams of F1 in Schools World Finalists from 22 countries next month when they congregate in Abu Dhabi for the eighth F1 in Schools World Finals. Team Shift, from Wheeler High School and Campbell High School, will represent the United States.
The students are putting the final touches to their F1 scale model cars, rehearsing their presentations and finishing their portfolios ready for three days of intense competition in the pursuit of the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy and City University, London scholarships.
This annual event, held from October 29-31, coincides with the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Countries competing at the World Finals for the first time include Greece, Austria, Mexico and Jordan.
Kelly Fitzgerald, team manager, Team Shift, said, “I can’t believe that we will be going to Abu Dhabi to compete for the World Champions title. We have put so much time, dedication, and effort into this project and we are so excited to have the opportunity to show our skills on the international level. We still have work to do, but we are so ready to compete along side the best of the best and make new friends from all over the world! None of this would have been possible without our generous sponsors.”
F1 in Schools is the largest, and most successful, educational initiative in the world, with 40 countries operating the program, from Kenya to Kuwait, Kazakhstan to Vietnam and many more. The power of Formula 1 and the challenge of designing, building, testing, and racing a miniature F1 car of the future has reached over 20 million students, with over one million involved each year from over 20,000 schools.
Andrew Denford, founder and chairman, F1 in Schools, said, “We’re just a month away from staging our eighth F1 in Schools World Finals and I’m sure all the teams are getting very excited and nervous about their trip to Abu Dhabi. The goal for every team competing will be to lift the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy above their heads and I know it will be the toughest race to the chequered flag for all these students. Their journey, whether they win or lose, will be an enriching experience, with the peers they will meet from different cultures, religions, and lifestyles, as well as the lifeskills they will acquire from working closely in a team and pushing themselves to the limit in their efforts to win.”
“F1 in Schools at its heart is designed to engage students in the key learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which are valuable assets for future careers in many sectors of industry. The World Finals deliver so much more than this for students and although they will have excelled with their commitment and dedication to producing the best model F1 car possible, they will also be amazing ambassadors for their country and take home one of the most unique, and special memories, of their life. Abu Dhabi is set to change the lives of all of these young people and we look forward to a great week there.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals teams, with three to six members in each, have won through from their National Final and in many countries, they will have had to win a Regional Final along the way, to represent their county at this international event. Six of the teams will be collaborations, with two teams from different countries combining their skills and presenting themselves as one team to compete with other collaborations and national champions, an opportunity offered to each National Finals’ runners-up team. The collaboration teams communicate by virtual technologies such as CISCO WebEx before finally meeting each other for the first time when they arrive in Abu Dhabi.
The F1 in Schools World Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, Etihad Airways, Pirelli, Hexagon Metrology, The IET, and City University London.
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