F1 in Schools Initiative


The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge is a world-wide competition with over 20,000 students from more than 40 countries. Students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test and then race miniature compressed-air-powered cars made from F1 model block.

The challenge inspires learners to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and to apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.

Learners use computer aided design (CAD) software, data analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and drag calculation software, computer numerical control (CNC) machinery to manufacture the car, and wind and smoke tunnels for testing. The challenge culminates in racing the cars on the 20-metre-long F1 in Schools Technology Challenge race track to see who has designed and manufactured the fastest car. For those who wish to take the challenge further, there are opportunities for regional, national and international competitions.

F1 in Schools project objectives are to:

  • Deliver learning units/courses to achieve qualifications in STEAM degree subjects.
  • Structure a programme of learning and reviews which are exciting and engaging for the learners.
  • Provide the learners with an overview of how the knowledge and skills gained in one learning unit/course support the knowledge and skills used in other learning units/courses.
  • Provide the learners with an opportunity to consider how they would use their engineering, manufacturing and 3D designing skills holistically within the working environment.


Basic information

Country: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Other

Coordinator: F1 in Schools Ltd, https://www.f1inschools.com/contact.html


Programme: FP7

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Target groups: college students, education authorities, general public, industry, parents, policy makers, primary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, vocational school students, youth clubs

Topic: Applied sciences, Computer science, Engineering, Gender in STEM, Information technology, Materials science, Maths, Physics, Software engineering, Technology, Education, Other

Start year: 2012

End year: 2023

Url: https://www.f1inschools.com/

Contact person: Dimitrios Polymatidis, f1inschoolsgreece (at) gmail.com


F1 in Schools project enables learners (taking part or considering taking part in F1 in Schools) to use breakthrough learning technologies and tools, as means to develop new skills and capabilities:

  • graphical analysis Web app to enable students to wirelessly collect, analyse and annotate sensor data with iPad, Android tablets and other mobile devices
  • simulation programs to raise the quality of 3D models made by students, by easily subjecting the designs of these 3D models to real-world conditions
  • wearable tools to enable students to gain a better understanding of the concepts they are studying


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