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    DTE Students Through to National Final of 'F1 in Schools' Competition

    Sixth Formers impress judges in STEM challenge. 

    Kimbolton Sixth Form Design Technology Engineering (DTE) students are through to the National Final of the F1 in Schools Competition, after impressing judges with the quality of their design and engineering work.

    Overall winners at the Norwich event on 8 February, which attracted 15 teams, were Team Storm - Alex Johnson, Andrew Lawrence and Jordan Payne, who also picked up ‘Best Engineered Car’ and ‘Best Research and Development’ awards.

    Runners-Up were Team Uila, with Tom Crimp, Lewis Giddings, Zak Hall, Katie Lawrence, Lewis Meakin and Jessica Simpson also scooping the ‘Best Marketing/Advertising’ and ‘Fastest Car’ categories.

    The F1 in Schools challenge involves teams from schools across the UK, and runs internationally in 44 countries around the world. The competition involves computer aided 3-D design (CAD), testing, engineering, manufacture and racing of miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars.

    Teams are judged not only on race times and the engineering quality of their cars but also their communication, marketing, fundraising and promotional skills, as well as their knowledge of the science, design and engineering principles underlying the manufacturing and race performance of their cars.

    Head of DTE Mr Kevin Spencer said: “This competition is an opportunity for students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) related subjects in an exciting way, and it forms part of Kimbolton's  ‘7th Period Super-Curriculum’. These are enrichment sessions which offer our A Level students wider academic opportunities and the chance to create something interesting, different and eye-catching for their portfolios.”

    Good luck to Team Storm, who will now take part in the National Final at Silverstone on 19 March.

    More photos from the event here.