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Irish team AIB Racing claim top honours at F1 in Schools World Finals

Singapore (13-16 September, 2015)

The event itself saw over 250 students comprising 47 teams from 30 countries compete to claim the coveted title of world champions.

In addition to scooping third place with his team, Aaron Hannon was offered a scholarship in the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy. The Randstad Williams Engineering Academy is an initiative where the Williams F1 team mentors students, and gives them a head start in pursuing a career in Formula One Racing. 350 top students applied for the opportunity, with Aaron being one of only ten students selected.



F1 in Schools main aim is to help change perceptions on science, technology, engineering and maths. By creating a fun and exciting learning environment, young people will develop an interest in a career in these areas. F1 in Schools is operated in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society (ICS). Each year teams from secondary schools across the country showcase their skills in in IT, physics, engineering, marketing and financial strategy, in regional and national finals.

Ireland was represented by AIB Racing as well as last season’s overall National Champions, Verus Racing from St. Attracta's Community School, Tubbercurry and Team Tracktion, from Hex CNC, Roscommon, who were invited to the World Championships as part of a collaboration team, Pact-Racing, with German National Finalists, Team Alliance. Versus Racing came first in the social media category and Pact Racing won the team identity award.

First place went to Union Racing International, an F1 in Schools collaboration team representing Germany and USA, while second place went to Mustangs from Portugal.

The Irish Computer Society are now taking registrations for Race Season 2015-2016.

Season 2014-15: Results of National Finals

Dublin Castle, 29th April, 2015

The National Finals of F1 in Schools Season 2014-15 were held on 29 April at Dublin Castle.

Junior and senior teams competed to determine the national award-winners in various categories – and to discover the overall national champion who would represent Ireland at international level.

The F1 Finals formed part of Tech Week, Ireland's Annual Festival of Technology that engages, challenges and inspires Irish students to interact with technology and to open their minds to all the possibilities of careers in IT.

CEO of the Irish Computer Society Jim Friars congratulated all of the participants.

"The teams raised the bar considerably this year and it was amazing to see the excitement and enthusiasm from both students and teachers alike. An incredible level of commitment and teamwork was displayed and the lengths that the teams went to in modelling and planning the cars were unprecedented."

F1 in Schools National Finals: Season 2014-15

Dublin Castle, 29th April, 2015

Following a hard fought series of Regional Finals that took place in Limerick, Castlebar, and Dublin, the field has been set for the F1 in Schools National Finals.

The F1 in School National Final will take place in Dublin Castle on the 29th of April when 24 qualifiers from the four regional finals will compete for the overall title of F1 in Schools National Champions 2015. The winning team will go on to represent Ireland in the World Championships taking place in Singapore in September and compete against over 40 other countries from around the world.

The National Finals are occurring as a part of Tech Week – Ireland's nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public occurring from Sunday, April 26th to Saturday, May 2nd 2015. The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society, and supported by SFI Discover.

Two-day Dublin regionals produce more national qualifiers

Dublin Regional Finals, GCD, 12th and 13th of March, 2015

GCD 2015

The action was fast and furious in Griffith College, which hosted the last of the regional events of Season 2014-15. A total of over 40 teams competed for a chance at qualifying for the national level.

On the 12th, the following were successful in their mission: Alpha Racing, Enterprise Racing, and KJZ Racing from Carlow, Team A.D.A.M from Offaly, Bolt F1 and Nitro Sonic from Laois, Sigma Racing from Louth, and Tracktion hailing from Roscommon.

The 13th of March saw teams from Dublin, Kilkenny and Leitrim racing, with Team Evolution, Ventus, Karrotica F1, Team Equinox, and Team Titan progressing.

Check out our photos from day one of the event. And here are the pictures from day two.

Seven teams quality from the west

Western Regional Finals, Castlebar, March 7th, 2015

Seven victorious teams saw off competition from a field of another 15 teams: 50CCE and Fusion F1 from Donegal, Team Elphinity and NRG Racing from Roscommon, Ignition Racing from Galway, Team AIB Racing from Mayo, and Verus Racing from Sligo all made it through to the national finals.

Check out our photos from the event.

Four teams win places at the National Finals of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge

Munster Regional Finals, UL, March 3rd, 2015



Ten teams battled it out in the University of Limerick despite the adverse weather condition to qualify for a place in the National Final of F1 in Schools Technology Challenge which takes place in Dublin Castle as part of Tech Week on 29th April. The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society, and supported by SFI Discover.

4 teams progressed to National level: Nolan's F1+ from Kilkenny, Surge Racing from Tipperary, ZT Racing from Galway, and Turbo Titans from Limerick. The National Final will take place 29th April when 25 qualifiers from the four regional finals compete for the overall title of F1 in School Technology Champions 2015. The winning team will go on to represent Ireland in the World Championships to take place in the Singapore and compete against over 40 other countries from around the world. As well as this once in a lifetime trip, winning teams will also be presented with cash prizes and much more!

The regional finals are the first real opportunity for the students to showcase their cars after all their effort and it is always fantastic to see how enthusiastic the students are about the competition, from modelling and planning their cars, to racing them. said Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society. The innovation and talent displayed here today is a credit to their schools and communities.

The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative and exciting way.

Check out our photo gallery of the event.

Team Ireland win big at the F1 in Schools World Finals

UAE, November 19th 2014

After a tough, hard-fought competition we're proud to announce that Team Ireland comprising of Autolaunch Racing, Fusion F1, and Photon Racing have been successful in winning three of the top prizes at the F1 in Schools World Finals held earlier this week in Abu Dhabai.

The reigning Irish national champions, Autolaunch Racing from Presentation College, Carlow impressed the judges panel and were awarded ‘Best Engineered Car’ and ‘Best Verbal Presentation’, taking 5th place overall.

Fusion F1, made up of members of the Irish junior category winners Renaissance Racing (also from Presentation College, Carlow) and UAE National Finalists, Team Tachyon, won the ‘Best Collaboration’ prize. Photon Racing from Presentation College, Galway also competed well but was unfortunate not to receive an award.

F1 in Schools Ireland and ICS Skills would like to extend our congratulations on a job very well done to all three teams including their teachers and parents.

Next year, it could be you! Register your team for the upcoming season today!

F1 in Schools World Finals

UAE, 14th–21st November

The 2014 F1 in Schools World Finals are being held at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, UAE between the 14th – 21st November ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ireland will be represented by last season’s overall National Champions, Autolaunch Racing from Presentation College Carlow, as well as Photon Racing from Presentation College Headfort, the runners up in the senior category.

The winners of the junior category during last season’s National Finals, Renaissance Racing, have also been invited to the World Championships as part of a collaboration team, Fusion F1, with UAE National Finalists, Team Tachyon.

Team Ireland will be competing with over 250 students from more than 30 different countries. We here would like to take this opportunity to wish the teams the best of luck and we know that you’ll do Ireland proud.

Carlow team are 2014 Champions

Dublin Castle (2nd May)



Autolaunch Racing from Presentation College, Carlow, were declared the overall winners of the 2014 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society at the National Finals held in Dublin Castle as part of Tech Week Ireland.

Team members John Harding, Pauric Dempsey, David Hatton and Captain Lee Campbell were coordinated by teachers Claire McHugh and Mike Ryan. The team fought off competition from 25 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy, €€2,000 in prize money, and the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2014 World Championships in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi alongside the 2014 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November this year.

Work for the 2014 Finals began last September with schools registering their interest in competing. Intense competition followed with 94 teams representing 63 second-level schools from across the country, battling their way through the various qualifying stages of the competition to reach the National Finals.

In addition to racing head-to-head, the competing teams were judged on the quality of engineering, portfolio, resource management, marketing, graphic design, sponsorship activities and on a verbal presentation of their work.

Campbell said, "Our journey so far has been the most amazing experience of our lives, and we've learned so many new skills in a vast range of areas, such as Science, Engineering, Design, Business and Media. Being involved in the competition has really broadened our horizons for the future, and having all our hard work payoff is an incredible feeling. We are absolutely delighted to be able to represent our country in this year's World Finals."

The F1 in Schools challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society, began as a response to a recognised skills shortage in computing and engineering, with technology courses having had experienced a significant decline in CAO applications over a number of years.

CEO of the Irish Computer Society Jim Friars congratulated all of the participants. "The teams raised the bar considerably this year and it was amazing to see the excitement and enthusiasm from both students and teachers alike. An incredible level of commitment and teamwork was displayed and the lengths that the teams went to in modelling and planning the cars were unprecedented."

This is the fourteenth year running for the leading global education initiative, which now incorporates over 25,000 schools from 40 different Countries. It will be held in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi. Autolaunch Racing will hope to emulate the success of the only Irish team to win the World Finals, 'The Koni Kats' from St.David's Secondary School in Greystones in the 2009 Finals in London.

Follow Autolaunch's journey on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

See the full list of winners and awards here >>

See a gallery of photographs from the day >>

Attention all Teams!


The dates for the F1 in Schools regional finals have been announced! Please see listed below the dates for both Regional Finals and deadline dates for College Make centres.

Regional Final Dates:

  • Cork Institue of Technology - 4th of March
  • Castlebar – GMIT - 11th of March
  • Dublin 1 – Griffith College – 13th of March
  • Dublin 2 – Griffith College – 14th of March

College Make Centre Deadline Dates:

  • University Limerick - 31st of January
  • Cork IT – 7th of February
  • IT Blanchardstown - 7th of February
  • IT Carlow - 7th of February

*All F1 in Schools teams have been allocated a date, to find out which Regional and Make Centre date you are assigned to Please contact your Teacher or Team manager. If you are unaware of your dates, please contact f1@ics.ie

Greystones Team declared 2013 Winners

Griffith College Dublin (30th April)

Bardahl Racing from St David's Secondary School, Greystones, Co Wickow were declared the overall winners of the 2013 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society at the National Finals held in Griffith College Dublin.

Team members Joseph Moran, Patrick Flaherty, Christopher Lynch and Conor Darcy were coordinated by teachers Triona Brosnan and Tom Reynolds. The team fought off competition from 25 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy, €2,000 in prize money, and the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2013 World Championships in Austin, Texas this November.

See a gallery of photographs from the day >>

F1 in Schools Eastern Regional Finals 2013

Griffith College Dublin (7-8th March)

Griffith College Dublin was the venue for the Eastern Regional Finals of F1 in Schools over two days on 7-8 March 2013. Teams from Dublin, Monaghan, Louth, Carlow and Laois qualified for the National Finals.

Check out our photos from day one of the event.

And here are the photos from day two.

F1 in Schools Western Regional Finals 2013

GMIT Castlebar (5th March)

GMIT Castlebar hosted the Western Regional Finals of F1 in Schools on the 5th of March 2013. Teams from Donegal, Mayo and Sligo qualified for the National Finals.

Check out our picture gallery from the event.

F1 in Schools Southern Regional Finals 2013

University of Limerick (27th February)

University of Limerick hosted the Southern Regional Finals of F1 in Schools on the 27th of February 2013. Teams from Limerick, Tipperary and Cork qualified for the National Finals.

View our picture gallery from the day.

Outstanding Achievement Award for Dundalk student

Everest summit climber presents 2012 award to Andrew Boylan

Andrew Boylan received the F1 in Schools Outstanding Achievement Award from Dr Dawson Stelfox, who was the first Irish climber to reach the top of Mount Everest. Dr. Stelfox was the special guest at Dundalk Grammar School's annual prize day ceremony which took place in the newly built Multi Purpose Hall recently.

We give this award to the student who achieved the most from the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge Transition Year project.

Andrew was Quantum F1 Racing's Graphic Designer. His team came third in the National Finals which were held in Griffith College, Dublin in April 2012.

Andrew Boylan (Graphic Designer - Quantum F1), (Middle Right), receives the outstanding achievement award for the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 2012 from Dr. Dawson Stelfox (Middle Left) watched by Dundalk Grammar School's Headmaster, Cyril Drury (Left) and teacher, Paul Murphy. Picture from 'The Argus'.

Tipperary team triumph in 2012 National Finals

Team Quasar from St Ailbe's Secondary School, Tipperary, crowned champions

24 teams battled it out on 26th April for the prestigious National Championship. Quasar from St Ailbe's Secondary School, Tipperary, were declared the overall winners of the 2012 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society.

Team members Sinead Cummins (Team Manager), Maeve O'Gorman (Marketing and Communications Manager), Gerard Barlow (Manufacturing Engineer), Megan Cleary (Resource Manager) and Deirbhle Hennessy (Graphic Designer) were coordinated by teachers Sean Fitzpatrick and Michael Quirke.

The team fought off fierce competition from 23 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy as well as the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2012 World Championships in a location yet to be decided in Autumn 2012. The overall winners receive €2,000 in prize money and a place at the World Finals.

Another year, another win for Dundalk Grammar School

Team Octane Racing to represent Ireland in World Championships

A team from Dundalk Grammar School are overall winners of the 2011 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society. At the National Finals held in Griffith College Dublin on 7 April team Octane Racing fought off fierce competition from 23 other finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the national trophy – as well as the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2011 World Championships in Malaysia in September. The overall winners receive €2,000 in prize money.

Team members 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) were coordinated by teacher Scott Nowell.

This is Dundalk Grammar School's fourth year in the competition and second consecutive winning of the National Finals.

Octane Racing will now progress to the World Championships which will be held in Malaysia in September where they will compete against national winners from 31 countries from around the world.

Dundalk school wins 2010 National Final

150 second-level schools compete for top prize in 2009-10 season

Govannon Racing from Dundalk Grammar School were declared overall winners of the 2010 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge at the National Finals held in Griffith College Dublin on 29 April.

Michael O'Neill Team Manager, Niall Carroll Graphic Designer, Jack Farrell Resource Manager, Steven Butterly Manufacturing Engineer, and Conor Clarke, Manufacturing Engineer fought off fierce competition from 27 finalist teams from all over Ireland to claim the National Title and trophy as well as the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2011 World Championships next Autumn. The overall winners share the €2,000 in prize money.

Work for the 2010 finals commenced last September. Intense competition followed with 600 students representing 150 second-level schools from 22 counties battling their way through regional finals.

Two New Patrons Announced

ICS welcomes two new patrons to its F1 in Schools Technology Challenge

The Irish Computer Society is delighted to welcome as new patrons of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge two eminent figures from the world of F1 racing: former F1 team owner and BBC TV pundit, Eddie Jordan, and CEO of Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit, Richard Cregan.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society and supported by Discover Science and Engineering.

Irish World Champions Crowned in London

Team Koni Kats claim international title

The Irish Computer Society and its training and certification body, ICS Skills, are very proud to announce that the Irish team Koni Kats from St. David's Secondary School in Greystones, County Wicklow have won the fifth Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge World Championships. The Irish Computer Society has been running the competition since 2006.

 

Minister Launches New 09-10 Season

Start your engines ...

The Minister for Education & Science, Batt O'Keeffe, met today with recent National F1 in Schools Champions, Team Blink from St. Ailbe's Secondary School, Tipperary and the 2008 National Champions, Team Koni Kats to launch the 2009/2010 season of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge supported by Irish Computer Society and Discover Science & Engineering.

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