Potential Formula 1 STEM stars of the future to compete over three days in Yorkshire

Prospective Formula 1 stars of the future will be driving into Yorkshire next month for the finals of a national competition.

One of the UK’s largest STEM competitions, F1 in Schools, is set to return to its Yorkshire roots by hosting this year’s Lenovo UK National Final at the University of Leeds from June 29 and July 1.

The three-day event will see over 50 teams from across the UK competing for a place on the podium and winning a coveted space at the 2024 Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals.

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Founded in West Yorkshire in 2000, F1 in Schools has gained immense popularity in recent years, with over 500 schools and thousands of students from across England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales taking part annually. The challenge has also expanded internationally and is now active in 60 countries.

The University of Leeds is to host the F1 in Schools event next monthThe University of Leeds is to host the F1 in Schools event next month
The University of Leeds is to host the F1 in Schools event next month

A not-for-profit organisation developed to promote STEM learning, the competition enables participants to 3D design, make, and race miniature F1 cars, alongside teaching wider subject areas, including project management and marketing.

Covering an age range of 9 to 19 years, F1 in Schools is available to both primary and secondary schools. This summer’s event will see the Secondary Class competing over the first two days, and the Primary Class will run over the final third day. Team will be assessed on areas including car speed, engineering quality, brand identity, verbal presentation skills, and portfolio judging.

The 2023 Lenovo UK National Final will also include the official launch of the University of Leeds as an F1 in Schools Centre of Excellence.

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F1 in Schools’ UK Project Manager Tom Milner said: “We’re so excited to be hosting this year’s event at the University of Leeds. One of the most prestigious universities in the UK, with a globally renowned School of Mechanical Engineering, it really will be a delight and an inspiration for the students to spend time there this summer. Plus, it’s brilliant for F1 in Schools to host its UK National Final in its local region; Yorkshire is home to some fantastic STEM companies, and what better way to celebrate all it has to offer than with an event committed to finding and inspiring our next generation of future engineers and pioneers?”