By Alex Achilleos
IN 2004, the first “F1 in Schools” world finals were held in United Kingdom and the tradition continues until today with a team from Nicosia taking part this year.
From September 13 to 16, a total of 47 teams from all over the world will gather in Singapore for the 2015 finals and Cyprus will be represented by team Velox, winners of the national competition held in June.
The team from Archangelos Lyceum “Apostolos Markos” consists of students Petros Ellinas, Marilena Lemonari, Giorgos Kountouris, Constantinos Zinonos, Dimitra Papaconstantinou and Dimitris Papadopoulos, who have been working alongside their professor Yiannis Hadjisavva on designing, promoting and financing their miniature Formula One car.
“F1 in Schools” is a global multi-disciplinary challenge where students aged 9-19 combine physics, aerodynamics, IT, designing, marketing and financing to create from scratch their own F1 miniature car and at the same time find sponsors to fund their project.
During the world finals, the judges will evaluate the teams’ cars, their portfolios and an oral presentation of each team describing their project. There will also be a race to determine which team has the fastest car.
Participating in such an event is a tremendous experience and maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity. Team Velox is determined to gain lifelong skills and create intercultural friendships, but their eyes are set straight at the trophy.