F1 in Schools
World Record Holder
Who we are
Infinitude is an Australian collaboration team that participated in the 2016 F1 in Schools World Finals, that were held in Austin, Texas, USA. The two halves of the team are from St Bede's College, Melbourne, and Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide. The team currently holds the F1 in Schools World Record of 0.916 seconds. Their state based teams were established in early 2015 and following the 2016 Australian National Final, came together to become Infinitude. Together, the team's motivation, skills and enthusiasm helped them achieve a World Record time of 0.916 seconds and a narrow second place victory, sweeping the highest amount of points ever achieved by an Australian team at a World Final.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What's involved? How can I get involved? Who runs the competition?
What is the F1 in SchoolsTM Challenge?
- F1 in SchoolsTM the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars.
- Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation.
- The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.
- The founding constitution of F1 in SchoolsTM stipulates that it is, and shall remain, a not-for-profit organisation. Funds raised through sponsorship are invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. All income is deployed in accordance with guidelines laid down by Formula One Management.
- The challenge is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market.
The Competition - What's it all about?
You are a Formula OneTM team commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest Formula One Car of the Future, powered by compressed air cylinders.
- Form a team
Form a team of 3 - 6, think of a name, decide job roles; Team Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Graphic Designer and Resource Manager. Register via your country's website by clicking here.
- Business and Sponsorship Plan
Prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship. Teams are encouraged to collaborate with industry and create business links.
Using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, design an F1 car of the future to the specifications set by the International Rules Committee just like in Formula OneTM.
Aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD).
Using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car.
Aerodynamics are tested in wind and smoke tunnels.
- Pit Booth
Put together an informative display showing your work through all stages of the project. Think about your team identity.
Cars are submitted to parc ferme where the judges scrutinize every dimension to check they comply with the Rules and Regulations.
- Engineering Judging
Judges question teams on how their cars has been manufactured and why particular designs were chosen.
- Verbal Presentation
Prepare a presentation to perform to a panel of judges covering all aspects of the challenge. This will be completed within a set time limit.
- Portfolio Judging
Put together a 20 page A3 portfolio documenting your project.
Time to test what your team has worked so hard together to achieve; a winning car.
Compete Regionally, Nationally and Internationally at the World Finals for the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions Trophy.
How can I get involved in the F1 in SchoolsTM Challenge?
At first you must visit your country's F1 in Schools website. You can do this by clicking here.
The next step is to see how F1 in Schools is run in your country and read through all of the information specific to you, you can then get started on the challenge and register to compete at a competition.
How many students can be in a team?
A team must consist of between 3 and 6 team members. Each team member should be given a different role within the team to ensure everything runs smoothly.
What is an international collaboration team?
International collaboration teams compete at our World Finals. These are teams made up of competitors from successful teams from different countries to form one competing team. Team members have to find innovative ways of communicating and working together as they are often in different time zones, speak different languages and only meet for the first time at the World Finals event. International collaboration teams develop invaluable skills and often make new, life long friends.
Can our team compete at the World Finals?
Your team must first compete in your in country competition regionally and nationally. The best teams from each country will then be put forward and will have the chance to represent their country along with teams from around the world at the F1 in Schools World Finals. To enter your country's competition, click here to visit your country's website.
Where do the World Finals take place?
The World Finals take place on an annual basis at a different location each year. The locations are usually set to coincide with a Formula OneTM Grand Prix. Past locations have been Melbourne, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London, England; Singapore; Abu Dhabi, UAE and Austin, USA.
How old do you have to be?
F1 in SchoolsTM is open to anyone aged 7 - 19 years old. Students can compete in different classes within the F1 in Schools challenge.
Eligibility for participation in National and World Final competitions requires all team members to be enrolled as full-time primary or secondary students at the time of the event.
This competition is open to all Australian School students aged 11 - 18 years of age.
There are three classes of competition:
- Cadet Class (Yrs 5 - 12)
A simplified project open exclusively to first time entering students with a restricted pathway to state level competitions. Students may only participate in this class once.
- Development Class (Yrs 5 - 9)
For first time entering students or those who have participated in the Cadet Class. Students may only participate in this class once. This class provides an international collaboration team pathway to the World Final.
- Professional Class (Yrs 5 - 12)
There are two independent divisions at the State level of competition:
There is ONE overall Professional Class division at the National Final level. The overall Professional Class National Champions will represent Australia at the World Final.
- PRO Junior Division - All Students in Years 5 to 9 only
- PRO Senior Division - At least one student in the team is in Year 10, 11 or 12.
A student's school year group is determined from the year group the student is in during the year of regional and state competition.
What is the Mission of F1 in SchoolsTM?
Changing lives around the world
"To help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people."
What is the Vision of F1 in SchoolsTM?
Offering a way to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related subjects in such an exciting way is achieving great results and we know we are increasing the intake of students into Engineering careers. We are privileged to have the support of the Formula OneTM community - in particular Mr Ecclestone at FOM and, of course, the Formula OneTM teams who make our students welcome in the F1TM paddock and in their factories.
There are many success stories who have actually come through our initiative and have gone on to achieve significant outcomes in their lives including positions in Formula One teams.
As F1 in SchoolsTM moves into the future we will continue to expand into more and more countries. This is largest and most successful school based STEM program in the world and we will continue to grow on our success.
40 countries... 20 million students... 1 experience of a lifetime!
Where could F1 in SchoolsTM Take You?
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