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F1 in Primary Schools

This month, UTC Reading held Berkshire’s first ever regional heat of F1 in Primary Schools.

Teams from Caversham Primary School and Alfred Sutton Primary School battled it out to have the fastest car and progress on to the national final.

Before race day - and with support from F1 in Primary School ambassadors - teams had been working to build their cars, create their pit design and polish their presentation to deliver to the judges.

Cars have been designed using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, and manufactured using CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machines. Teams were also tasked with gaining sponsorship for the team.

Racing took place in the afternoon on the official 20m track. Race times were combined with judges’ scores on the pit design and team presentation, and it was team Wonderflash from Caversham Primary School who took the honour of winning the regional heat.

The team said it was ‘amazing to win and the racing was great fun. We’re excited, but a bit scared to be going to the national final. We’re definitely going to make sure our car is even faster.’

Representing Berkshire, Wonderflash will now compete against 30 other team from across the country in the national final on 24 June 2014 at the Jaguar Centre in Coventry.

UTC Principal Joanne Harper said: "This is a great way to engage primary school children in engineering and to make them aware of the types of projects they could work on in this industry.

"Importantly F1 in Primary Schools also develops softer skills such as teamwork, project management and communication. I'm really pleased that the investment UTC Reading has made in the F1 kit has led to such a positive experience for each of the eight teams. We look forward to welcoming more teams to next year's event."ook the honour of winning the regional heat.

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