F1 in Schools, the Formula One Technology Challenge, is an engineering and design action-learning project for students, implemented in high schools around the world. With more than 20 countries participating from Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia, the international competition has very local and practical implications for all students involved.

Each year, student teams progress through a series of regional, state and national finals, with the best teams from each country competing for the F1 in Schools World Champions title.

Teams of 3-5 students from Sekolah Menengah under Malaysia Ministry of Education to design, analyse, test, manufacture and race miniature CO2 powered, balsa wood Formula 1 cars.

The challenge is multi-faceted and multidisciplinary. It inspires students to collaborate with industry partners within the context of their projects to learn about engineering principles such as physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, leadership/teamwork, media skills and project management, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. Just like real enterprise projects, they must also incorporate marketing and team presentation activities.

So although the students have a short term goal of working on a project over many months to participate in a challenge which may see them representing their country at the very highest level of competition, the long term goals and scope are far greater.

The project was established to generate excitement and raise awareness of careers, trades and professions related to science, math, design, engineering and manufacturing, as well as teaching students valuable social, employability and technical skills enabling them to ‘take on the world’. The exposure to 10,000 thousands of Malaysia school students to these vital industries, with the long term goal of addressing the skills shortages in these Automotive professions.

World Class Motorsport Education

F1 in School Technology Challenge is a technology-based program designed so that the education system in this country reaches a very competitive, so it can compete with developed countries.

Starting in the first year of this program, the national team has become the first team to break the record 1.10 seconds at the global level, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This impressive Pencapaiana opened the eyes of the world will our native abilities. Started in the world’s perception of our young people have changed, “Ability son of Malaysia shall not be taken lightly”.

While in Australia in the world championship, the team has continued its tradition of excellence by winning the inaugural podium to place the entire country. What is more remarkable, the world touched by the spirit and comradeship shown by our students, and armed with an excellent tradition of the country, Malaysia has been entrusted to host the world championships in 2008, and has successfully implemented successfully.

F1 In Schools Programs

F1 In Schools Program ™ Technology Challenge started introduced in the United Kindom in 2001.Ia inspired to enhance the profile of engineering at the school level and colleges. In the first year of inception, this program has involved 97 schools covering 4365 students.
Meanwhile, almost 200,000 others indirectly exposed to this program.

In 2004, 16 countries have implemented this program and for the first time, Malaysia has sent the best team to win the final F1 Team Global Schools CAD / CAM Challenge in
January 15th, 2006.

F1 IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM ™ TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

F1 In Schools Program ™ Technology Challenge is a basic program for appreciate the interest of students through extra-curricular activities engineering design, thus creating a generation of creative, innovative and affordable. This is consistent with reports Board of International Education [IBE] and UNESCO which states that the basic requirement for a developed country is providing generation that: –

1. creative and able to adapt
2. able to manage the project
3. team work
4. have a variety of disciplines and skills
5. able to solve problems
6. innovators
7. able to communicate

LEARNING PROCESS

F1 In Schools ™ programs tend to promote the learning method a smart and happy. In this program students are exposed to various skills and knowledge that began with the introduction of Computerized design software [Computer Aided Design] or CAD. Through use this software, they will be taught how to use the software and then they form their own F1 racing car.

Furthermore, it must analyze their design and testing capabilities these cars through simulated Virtual Reality Wind Tunnel. This process test the aerodynamic characteristics of the car through the simulation of air resistance.

The next step was to manipulate the manufacturing process through Computer Aided Software Manufacturing to ensure that the cars produced to meet specification design. Then students are exposed to technology Computer manufacturing Nemeric Control Microrouter Milling Machine that enable them to form a racing car than a normal wooden blocks.

Racing cars are then tested in air resistance machines to identify the level of air resistance on the level of air resistance design. If kept to a minimum, the car was then tested in a race track during the 20 meters. The track is equipped with various systems and controls, including race time control software, switches, lights, infra-red sensor and the bypass circuit. This is where students can experience learning in a joyful and cheerful.

This learning process does not end at this race only, but other assessments to monitor the ability of students exposed. This include marketing strategies, documentation and copyright. Marketing strategy, students are exposed to branding. They need to get sponsors [To decorate car racing] and formulate their promotional plan. Mark also given to the modeling and branding.

Students are also required to make a presentation before a panel of judges where they will explain the concept and what they produce in a project. In art of this presentation, students are encouraged to use the skills computer to assist them in explaining to the panel of judges on the results them.

THE F1 ™ TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS CHALLENGE

Ministry of Education Malaysia has taken the initiative to introduce this program in the country learning system to digest the new generation in engineering. Challenge field is open to all secondary schools and colleges to design and make a F1 racing car powered by the power of carbon dioxide by using Computer Aided Design [CAD] and Computer Aided Manufacturing [CAM].

Through this competition, the Ministry would like to introduce the happy atmosphere and fun learning activities as well as digest generation smart new generation of engineers who are knowledgeable, skilled and motivated high.