How young people can feed their passion for Formula 1.

Formula 1 is an exhilarating sport, enjoyed by many around the world. This also includes children and adolescents. Among these fans, there might be a few who would even like to work in the Formula 1 industry. Fortunately, there is a competition for students that will help fuel their passion and help them chart a path to the work in the industry one day. It’s called F1 in schools.

F1 in Schools is an international STEM competition for students who love F1. In the competition, students aged 9-19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature air-powered cars made from a model block F1. Teams are made up of 3 to 6 members. This competition is organized in many countries. In India, it is organized by STEMCLUB India. First there is a qualifying round and then a national round. The top teams from the National Round are selected in the World Finals, which is an incredible event. The final takes place during a real F1 race weekend and the competing teams can interact with the drivers. It is a magical experience for those involved.

Right off the bat, it seems competition is all about making a miniature race car, but there are so many other sides to it. It is basically a simulation of being part of an F1 team. Engineers alone do not make an F1 team. Teams participating in the competition must also maintain social media credentials and perform marketing functions for their team. Maintaining brand image is also a responsibility of Formula 1 teams. Also, like in Formula 1, teams must find sponsors for the competition. Getting sponsors will help reduce the financial burden on teams. This requires teams to interact with and present to businesses.

We interacted with a team from Bengaluru, Maple Racing with 4 members Ronav, Aman, Aaryan and Siddhant. Maple Racing is currently taking part in the April Schools F1 Qualifying and that’s what they said.

“Our team is called Maple Racing, inspired by the maple leaf. This tree is a symbol of strength, intelligence, endurance and generosity and these ideals have inspired us.

We were first brought into racing for the love of Formula 1. We thought it would be interesting to learn how Formula 1 teams work.

The competition was very useful because we learned a lot. We learned practical skills such as using CAD software to design objects, we learned how to manage social media pages and how to interact with businesses. It also taught us a lot of values ​​like teamwork, coordination and commitment.

The tricky part of the competition for us was finding sponsors. Others told us that finding sponsors would be difficult for a team just starting out in the competition. We contacted many companies for this but very few of them actually responded to our sponsorship proposal. Those who answered didn’t really understand the competition well enough to support us. Fortunately, after all our hard work, we found 2 companies that were willing to support us.

Addere Creations was one such company. Addere Creations is a renowned 3D printer in Bangalore. They gave us ideas on the design of our car and helped us make the parts for it. They were very helpful and supported us every step of the way. They have also helped reduce the financial burden on our team.

The other is Threadworks, a uniform manufacturer in Bengaluru. They helped provide our competition uniforms. It also helped to know that all of their uniforms were sustainable and made with organic materials. It was a huge boost for the team as sustainability is one of our main ideals.

The qualifying round begins on April 22 for our team. Our car is ready and all that remains is to drive it. We hope we can do well.

In this way, F1 in Schools could be a tool to help Formula 1 fans fuel their passion for the game.