Our partner organisations, universities and third-level colleges are a key part of the team that makes F1 in Schools such an enjoyable and educative experience for second-level students in Ireland. Thank You!

Irish Computer Society (ICS)

The national organisation of ICT professionals

Since its foundation in 1967 the Irish Computer Society has promoted the continuous development of professional ICT knowledge and skills.

The ICS organises seminars, lectures and related activities, and its members serve from time to time on commissions, boards and committees appointed by government.

ICS SKILLS, formerly ECDL Ireland, is the skills and certification division of the ICS.

Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme

Promoting science for a successful Ireland

Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) is Ireland's national science promotion programme. It's aim to increase interest in science, technology, innovation and engineering among students, teachers and members of the public.

DSE's mission is to contribute to Ireland's continued growth and development as a society – one that has an active and informed interest and involvement in science, engineering and technology.

Denford Limited

Experienced manufacturers of high-quality CNC machines

Denford Limited designs and develops CNC, CAD/CAM and CIM solutions for manufacturers, trainers and educators around the world. A founding partner of F1 in Schools, Denford is also active in the UK-based 4x4 in Schools initiative.


Providers of 3D design software

Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design software for entertainment, natural resources, manufacturing, engineering, construction, and civil infrastructure, is the Premium Global Software Partner for F1 in Schools.

Our Partner Colleges and Universities

Providing third-level facilities for second-level students

A number of third-level colleges and universities around Ireland are making their facilities available to teams competing in F1 in Schools.

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
Dublin City University (DCU)
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB)
Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC)
IT Sligo
University of Limerick (UL)

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)

Higher education in the heart of Ireland

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is an award-winning higher education institution located in the heart of Ireland. More than 6,000 students are undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Business, Humanities, Engineering and Science.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)

Award-winning institute set to build on past successes

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) provides student-centred education with a career focus for the benefit of the personal, intellectual and professional development of the student.

Dublin City University (DCU)

A campus community to develop knowledge and acquire skills

The focus of Dublin City University (DCU) is to develop high-quality, high-value learning within the wider setting of Ireland's economic and social needs.

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB)

Guiding students for an evolving working life

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) serves its students and the community by achieving consistently high standards of relevance and quality in teaching, research, development and consultancy.

Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC)

At the heart of South Leinster

Institute of Technology Carlow (CIT) is committed to ensuring all of its students are afforded a challenging, exciting and rewarding academic experience.

University of Limerick (UL)

Supporting intellectual growth and personal development

Widely acclaimed for the high quality of its teaching and the excellence of its graduates, the University of Limerick (UL) offers a high quality educational experience across a wide range of programmes.

IT Sligo

Regional leader in education, innovation, and economic and social development.

IT Sligo is recognised for their integrity and openness; for providing a supportive and flexible learning environment for students to achieve their potential.

When each team has finalised the design specifications of its F1 racer using CAD/CAM programs, it passes the software files to its designated college or university.

Using sophisticated CNC systems, the colleges transform the designs into actual, 3D balsa wood racers, which they then return to the team for final finishing and decoration.

For more information about this process see the Make section of our Tour.


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