Gearing up for national finals

Ridgewood Pupils celebrate getting through to the National Finals of the F1 in schools competition.
Ridgewood Pupils celebrate getting through to the National Finals of the F1 in schools competition.

A TEAM of pupils have earned their racing stripes after building a model car that won them a place in the national finals of a technology challenge.

The Racin’ Stripes team, from Ridgewood School in Barnsley Road, Scawsby, won the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Class in the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Finals of the 2012 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge, by designing and building their own racing car.

It was the culmination of a year’s work, testing various designs and even putting their vehicles through a virtual wind tunnel to make sure it would cope with high speeds.

During the competition the pupils were given a block of balsa wood and an air canister to power their ‘car of the future’ and then timed over a 20 metre section of track.

The competitors, who were all aged 12 and 13, also had to back their design with a written portfolio and presentation, as well as developing a sponsorship and marketing campaign and merchandise.

Technology teacher Soraya Horrobin, said: “They actually had the second fastest car on the day but got first place because of their presentation, portfolio and behaviour on the day too.

“We have been working really hard on this and have spent many lunchtimes and after school hours on it.

“I am confident we will do well at the national finals but we know it is a big step up from the regional competition.”

After victory in Scunthorpe the team will travel to Birmingham next weekend for the national finals which will be held at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair.

The team is working with a graphic designer to make its presentation even more professional and will be making minor adjustments to the car to see if it will go even faster.

Victory grants the winning team a place in the 2012 F1 in Schools World Finals which will be held to coincide with an international Formula One Grand Prix and offers each of the winning team members university scholarships to City University London and the coveted Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy.