F1 win for racing team

A TEAM of students from Dundalk Grammar School have been named as the overall winners of the 2011 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.

A TEAM of students from Dundalk Grammar School have been named as the overall winners of the 2011 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.

‘Octane Racing’won the top prize in the racing competition at the national finals held in Griffith College, Dublin on Thursday, April 7.

Octane Racing team members include Niall Donnolly, (Project Manager/Sponsorship and Marketing), Adam Matthews (Design Engineer), Kevin O’Malley (Manufacturing Engineer), Daniel Finnamore (Co-Design Engineer and Communications Manager), Daniel McCarthy-Edwards (Resource Manager) and Rollo Konig-Brock (Graphic and Web Designer).

The team was co-ordinated by teacher, Scott Nowell, and fought off fierce competition from 23 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the national title and trophy.

The Dundalk students have also won the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2011 World Championships in Malaysia in September. The overall winners receive e2,000 in prize money.

In addition to racing head to head, the competing teams were judged on the quality of engineering, portfolio, resource management, marketing, graphic design and sponsorship activities and on a verbal presentation of their work. This is Dundalk Grammar School’s fourth year in the competition and second consecutive year winning the national finals.