F1 in Schools, the Formula One Technology Challenge, is an engineering and design action-learning project for students, implemented in high schools around the world. With more than 20 countries participating from Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia, the international competition has very local and practical implications for all students involved.
Each year, student teams progress through a series of regional, state and national finals, with the best teams from each country competing for the F1 in Schools World Champions title.
Teams of 3-5 students from Sekolah Menengah under Malaysia Ministry of Education to design, analyse, test, manufacture and race miniature CO2 powered, balsa wood Formula 1 cars.
The challenge is multi-faceted and multidisciplinary. It inspires students to collaborate with industry partners within the context of their projects to learn about engineering principles such as physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, leadership/teamwork, media skills and project management, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. Just like real enterprise projects, they must also incorporate marketing and team presentation activities.
So although the students have a short term goal of working on a project over many months to participate in a challenge which may see them representing their country at the very highest level of competition, the long term goals and scope are far greater.
The project was established to generate excitement and raise awareness of careers, trades and professions related to science, math, design, engineering and manufacturing, as well as teaching students valuable social, employability and technical skills enabling them to 'take on the world'. The exposure to 10,000 thousands of Malaysia school students to these vital industries, with the long term goal of addressing the skills shortages in these Automotive professions.