F1 in Schools Challenge is the largest and possibly the most exciting Schools competition in the world. It raises awareness of both STEM Education and Formula 1 racing amongst students across the globe. It is the only truly international, multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered cars made from F1 model block.
This year, for the first time ever, Blackrock College, Dublin entered the F1 in Schools Ireland National Competition with 5th year students and avid F1 fans Eoin Mc Grath, Toby Loughrey, Alex Maguire, Kai Murtagh and Jamie Blackburn.
Arckit is fully committed to promoting STEAM education through our unique architectural platform and curriculum-based lesson plans, and so when we were approached by the Blackrock College students for sponsorship, we were only too delighted to come on board for the development of their racing car.
The guys set out to test themselves amongst the best young minds in the country and with the ultimate aspiration of quantifying for the F1 in Schools World Finals and representing Ireland in Singapore this September.
In all, 60 schools from across the nation took part in an epic 3-day event which culminated with the final 16 teams, including Kingspan Racing Team, going head to head for the coveted top 3 places, on live TV on Sunday, May 23rd 2021.
After a nail-biting finale, we were overjoyed for the Blackrock College students who came in an amazing 3rd place overall.
Together with the two top teams, Vortenova from St Bridget School in Loughrea and Future Racing from St. Mary’s Secondary Schools in Ballina, they will be representing Ireland in Singapore later this year and you can be sure we’ll be right behind them.
Congratulations Team Kingspan Racing and the other teams on your amazing achievement, we can’t wait to see you fly the Irish flag in Singapore.