STEM Challenge on the grid at Silverstone

The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge UK National Finals 2017 will be ready for ‘lights out and go, go, go’ at Silverstone next week with student teams from around the UK competing for the top honours and a place at the 2017 World Finals.

Eleven winners of regional events will take part in the national final, which challenges them to design, build and test a fast car. They also need to demonstrate their engineering understanding with a verbal presentation to a judging panel of industry experts, present their work with a pit display and portfolio and have their model car scrutineered to meet with strict rules and regulations

The UK champions will be invited to the 2017 Formula British Grand Prix while two members of the team also win £5,000 per year bursaries for the duration of a Mechanical Engineering degree course at UCL Mechanical Engineering, University College London.

Meanwhile, Denford, the founding sponsor and premier supporter will present the school of the F1 in Schools UK Champions 2017 with a Denford MRC 40 machine, for routing, milling and engraving, worth £10,000.

Andrew Denford, founder and chairman of F1 in Schools, said, ‘All our National Finals teams have worked incredibly hard to reach Silverstone and with such high stakes – university bursaries, a trip to the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and a place at the World Finals– we can expect very tough competition next week. We know the challenge ignites a passion for engineering, for business and for Formula 1, with the students really putting their classroom learning, and more, into producing outstanding work. I can’t wait to find out who tops the leaderboard this year.’