F1 in Schools Challenge gives brightest young minds in SA the opportunity to showcase their skills

THE SCENE: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will host the F1 in Schools Challenge.


The F1 in Schools Challenge is back this year and the South African leg of the competition is already underway.

The competition teams up with Sangari SA and Land Rover, this year, to offer the brightest young minds in South Africa the opportunity to showcase their brilliance and stand the chance to represent their country in front of the world, later this year.

The contest aims to challenge young people’s perceptions of maths, science, engineering and technology by creating a fun and innovative way for them to explore these subjects by creating, testing, racing and finding sponsorship for Formula One cars built by themselves.

Read: F1 competition is a race to national glory

Bez Sangari, managing director of Sangari SA, the company which hosts the South African leg of the competition, explained the benefits of young people entering the exciting challenge.

“What makes the F1 in Schools Challenge different is that it entails a comprehensive and inclusive learning approach. Pupils engage with subjects that improve their literacy, numeracy, sport and sports science, design and technology, art and design, textiles knowledge, Stem [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] learning, computing, and [also] business and enterprise.”

During the process the youngsters are required to design a Formula One miniature racing vehicle, test it using certain standardised technologies and improve on their design. They also have to present their design to a legitimate company and find sponsorship to build and use their vehicle in the competition.

This exciting challenge has already come to a peak as participants grouped into teams of three to six from various local schools and readied themselves to present and race their cars at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

Don’t miss out on the result of months of hard work paying off, and the reveal of the two winning teams who will move on to represent South Africa in the F1 in Schools World Championships.

Details: www.sci-bono.co.za; www.f1inschools.com

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Racine Edwardes

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