A team of three local students from Chipping Campden Academy and The Cotswold School recently took part in the ‘F1 in Schools Technology Challenge’ South West Regional Finals. Thanks to the support in the form of sponsorship from many Campden businesses, the team came away with three trophies and a coveted place in the final at Silverstone!

The F1 in Schools challenge is open to teams of students aged 9 to 19. The challenge mirrors that of a real Formula One team. Teams use Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) software to design, analyse and manufacture a miniature model F1 car. The cars, which are powered by compressed air and travel at speeds of around 45mph, are then raced along a 20m track.

Teams also have to create a pit display, write portfolios to explain what they had done, perform a presentation to a team of judges and run a marketing and social media campaign to promote their project. They must also raise their own funds for the project by finding sponsors.

‘Team Zoom’ consists of Noah Booker & Charlie Rainey, (age 14) from Chipping Campden Academy, and Chris Bridges (age 15) from The Cotswold School. At the regional final, they received awards for ‘Fastest Car’ and ‘Best Sponsorship & Marketing’, as well as achieving an overall second place on the podium. They are now busy preparing for the national finals on the 29th and 30th March in the prestigious F1 venue at Silverstone.

Charlie Rainey (Enterprise Manager) said, ‘We were only able to proceed with this enormous endeavour due to the local sponsors that funded and aided the project. Travis Perkins provided the materials to build the twenty-metre test track and Steven Booker Kitchens & Furniture helped us build it. Cutts of Campden, Seymour House, Peter Clarke, Campden Gallery, Grey’s Opticians, The Chefs Dozen, Harts, along with other independent businesses in Chipping Campden sponsored us with money to fund the project.’

The team’s progress can be followed on their Facebook page (Team Zoom) or webpage (www.teamzoom.uk )

For more info about F1 in Schools, visit their website (www.F1inschools.co.uk )