Posted: Fri 3rd Oct 2014

Connah's Quay 6th formers are off to Abu Dhabi to compete in the F1 Schools World Finals

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 3rd, 2014

A team of three sixth form students from Connahs Quay High School are to travel to Abu Dhabi in the finals of a global competition to design, engineer and “drive” a replica Formula 1 racing car. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Track preperations at Tata Steel’s innovative Sustainable Building Shotton

Lining-up on the starting grid with 42 competing schools, from 42 countries worldwide, they have beaten schools from all parts of the UK to earn their place in the finals. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Demonstrating their car at Tata Steel’s innovative Sustainable Buildings Envelope Centre, (SBEC), the Red Dragon Racing team will show how their car will travel along a 25m track in less than 2 seconds.  ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Cars on the grid and ready for action

Teacher Chris Jennings from Connahs Quay High School, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This competition has stretched the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills of our team and their success has captivated the whole school. Now we are proud that Red Dragon Racing is revving-up to represent Wales in Abu Dhabi. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Student George said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We’ve worked really hard to design a car which has all the technical qualities of speed and road-holding to win!” He added: “If I can use what I’ve learnt when I grow-up, I could be designing cars for Mclaren, Mercedes or Red Bull!” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Bill Duckworth, General Manager of Tata Steel’s operations at Shotton steelworks, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It’s great to see young people really enjoying developing their scientific and engineering skills. We’re a hi-tech company – and we’ve been pleased to support the F1 scheme in North and South Wales. Everyone’s admiration for their success so far will put fuel in their tank for the final Grand Prix!” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

main image: You Tube ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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