Infinity F1 from Dundalk Grammar School, who were the only team to represent Co. Louth in this year’s F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, succeeded in achieving one of the 25 places in the national finals.
While most of us were stuffing our faces with chocolate over the Easter holidays, Infinity F1 were finalising their national finals portfolio and were out seeking sponsorship for their massive project.
Erin Maguire, the team’s only female, is the woman making sure everything is going to plan and deadlines are being met on time.
“It was just like Christmas, no rest, just get the job done and do it right, only this time we are competing for the opportunity of a lifetime to represent Ireland at the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals” , said Infinity F1’s project manager.
The competition which has been powered by the Irish Computer Society in Ireland since 2006, with the Grammar School progressing to World Finals level in 2010 and 2011, has grown from strength to strength with over 34 countries and 12 million students competing for the one experience of a lifetime to win the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools Trophy at the World Finals which will be held in Austin, Texas, USA in November.
The main aspect of the competition consists of designing a 1/20th scale Formula One model racing car of the future, on 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software called SolidWorks.
Teams are encouraged to collaborate with Industry and forge business links and they hope to be able to work with the Dundalk Institute of Technology after their Easter break.
The students must also design a professional marketing scheme which includes the creation of a team uniform, professional team image, and a sponsorship scheme. The estimated cost to compete at the National Finals level is €3,000. With less than three weeks to go to the National Finals, these four sixteen year old transition year students are currently seeking sponsorship from any local businesses to help them achieve their dream.
To contact the team you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit their Regional Finals award winning website @ www.infinityf1.com or call the school and speak to their teachers, Mr. Nowell or Mr. Murphy on 042 93 34459