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PORT OF TYNE SPONSORS WHITBURN ACADEMY F1 TEAM 09 Jan 2014

The Port of Tyne is getting behind Whitburn Academy's Formula One championship dreams when the F1 in schools championship starts again next week.

 

F1 in Schools is a not-for-profit educational organisation, which relies solely upon support and contributions from industry to be able to operate and deliver a world-class program that aims to engage and make science, technology, maths and engineering fun.

The competition engages with millions of students across the globe each year. It's the second time that the Port of Tyne has sponsored a team at Whitburn Academy.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne's Director of Corporate Affairs, said: "F1 in schools provides a good opportunity for students to develop a wide range of useful skills in an exciting environment.

"We wish all the teams competing in the regional round the best of luck."

Over 30 teams from around the North East will be competing at the regional championship that takes place next Tuesday 14 January at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.

The team of 10 year 7 and year 8 students from Whitburn in South Shields will be pitted against some tough competition but believe they have developed a winning F1 car this year.

Head Teacher of Whitburn Academy Mr Hardie, said: "The F1 in schools championship enables students to demonstrate skills in a challenging environment and we are grateful to the Port of Tyne for their continued support which has helped in gaining resources to build the cars, pit display, portfolios and uniforms."

The process that the student teams follow is similar to that of a real Formula One team, from creating their initial business plan, to designing, making and racing their car, using computer aided design software to analyse designs to reduce drag, before making their car and testing it. Finally, they race team cars on a 20m F1 in Schools racetrack, to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car.

The F1 in Schools competition now extends to over 36 countries worldwide, attracting over 12 million students. Teams that are successful at the regional championship will go through to the two day national championship held at the NEC in Birmingham 14 - 15 March.

  

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

Mobile: +44 (0) 79123 90777 Tel: +44 (0191) 455 2671 Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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