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In the driving seat for F1 in Schools

UTC Reading has been busy with F1 in Schools in more ways than one over the last few weeks.

Five local primary schools joined a regional heat of F1 in Primary Schools at the UTC on Tuesday 9 February.

The teams’ F1 cars were made of card and were cut using a computer program called Silhouette Studio. Each team got to race their cars and every member had a turn as the “trigger- man” or woman. The cars were able to reach of up to 60mph, with each race lasting approximately 1.5 seconds.

The regional final for F1 in Primary Schools will take place on Tuesday 19 April, where each team will compete against one other. We wish them the very best of luck.

Meanwhile, the UTC’s F1 in Schools teams took part in a regional final at Stamford Bridge Football Stadium on Wednesday 2 March. Two teams from the UTC competed; The Green Machine, which consisted of four Year 13 students and a Rookie Class (beginner) team of four Year 10 students called Servants of Speed.

Both teams did extremely well. The Green Machine was the eighth team to race out of 28 teams and moved straight to the top of the race times. They led by 0.004 seconds for much of the day, until they were overtaken and moved into fifth position. But the group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot throughout the process.

Year 13 student Cameron Bellamy said: "We had great fun during the duration of the competition. We learnt many new skills that we can translate into our academic studies such as using CAD to a higher level and using the CNC machines more efficiently. I am also now much more confident about communicating with businesses for sponsorship deals."

Servants of Speed was the last car to race and came second in the time trials, eventually finishing third overall and winning a trophy. Well done to both teams.

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