PUPILS and staff have spoken of their excitement at reaching the national stage of a motor engineering competition.
After success in the regional stage, students from Connah’s Quay High School and St David’s High School, Saltney, will put their skills to the test in Birmingham next month.
F1 in Schools encourages students to use their innovation, skills and enthusiasm to design and manufacture a model F1 car to race against opponents.
The Red Dragons team from St David’s High School won the Best Rookie Team Award to claim their place in Birmingham. This successful team consisted of Tom Green, 13, Jack Jones, 13, Alex Hippolite, 13, Libby Kent, 13, Caitlin Webster, 14 and Lydia Harrison, 13.
Headteacher Tony Davidson, said he was very proud at his students’ success.
He said: “They’re elated at getting into the national finals and I’ve received incredibly positive feedback from them about the competition.’
‘’It’s been a great benefit to the students, as they learn how to work to a specification, develop valuable skills, and learn flexibility.’’
Connah’s Quay High School students calling themselves Red Dragon Racing took top honours at the F1 regional finals to win their place at the nationals.
Team members Macaulay Owen, 18, Rhys Nimmo, 18, Lewis Steen, 17, George Cox, 18 and Casey Burke, 16, won in three categories – best engineered car, fastest F1 car and the overall F1 Class.
George, who was in last year’s team which made it to the finals that were held in Texas, said the team was looking forward to the nationals.
“It’ll be great to race against other winners at the next stage,” he said
Teacher Chris Jennings, who runs the program at Connah’s Quay, said: “It helps students become more confident and more mature. I’ve seen students that, after taking part in this scheme, have had a whole new approach to life.’’
He went on to express the importance of F1 in Schools scheme in later life for students.
“As well as developing confidence and maturity within pupils it also teaches them life skills. Students that took part in this scheme achieved apprenticeships at both Airbus and DRB Engineering, and students aiming to go to university claimed UCAS points that will assist them in gaining further education.’’