Formula 1

Banagher College Revs Up to Formula 1™ Challenge

Banagher College has signed up to participate in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society. Members of Team Hawkeye and Bullet G6 will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1™ car which will be raced against other participating schools in the Regional Finals in March and National Final in April. The competition is run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.

Soracha Moran of Banagher College explains why their school chose to enter F1 in Schools Challenge: ‘We felt that we could gain a lot of benefit from entering the competition. In particular we will develop skills in ICT, Art, Drawing and Business which we feel will be of benefit to us in the future, while we feel that most importantly we will get great enjoyment out of our participation in it’

Both teams will be required to write a five page plan explaining how they would go about putting their model F1 car together should they qualify for the Regionals.

Once a school team has qualified they will receive a kit which includes balsa wood for making the model. Ongoing support will be offered and the school will be paired with a Formula 1 Make Centre i.e. a college or university with the necessary equipment for milling the models. This interaction with colleges will give students an introduction to Engineering, Science and Technology choices at third level. The colleges will offer their paired teams the opportunity to visit their facilities for design tutorials, to show models being made and cars being tested. All participating schools also get free computer design software with which to form their creation.

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4th April 2014

Team Heads For Formula 1™ Chequered Flag

Festino Racing from Banagher College Colaiste Na Sionna is revving up this week for the National finals of the F1™ in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by Irish Computer Society. The international competition, which is run in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society (ICS), challenges secondary school students to design, build and race model Formula 1™ cars powered by compressed air canisters. The Irish finals take place on the 2nd of May in Griffith College, Dublin.

Festino Racing team members Eamon Corcoran, Danny Devery, David Broderick, Eoin Woods, Oisin Woods and Conor Kenny will go head-to-head with teams from throughout the country, testing the speed and engineering quality of the F1™ model car on which they have been working since September. The car, measuring 25cm long and made of balsa wood, could potentially reach scale speeds of up to 350km/hr. Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to model the car’s design specification, the team then collaborated with Cork IT’s F1™ in Schools Make Centre on its construction. Festino Racing watched as the college used its specialised manufacturing equipment to convert the team’s 3D designs into a real model car.

Festino Racings Team Manager Eamon Corcoran claims that the team has thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the F1™ in Schools Technology Challenge so far and is hopeful of a strong performance in the National finals: “We have worked extremely hard on this competition and I hope that this determination will pay off and we will be rewarded with the overall award”.

If successful at the National finals, Festino Racing will progress to the world finals in Abu Dhabi. The winners there will earn the chance to represent Ireland at the World Finals in 2014.

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