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    Students in the Fast Lane

    Sixth Form DTE students in National Final of ‘F1 in Schools’ competition.

    Sixth Form Design Technology Engineering (DTE) students today compete as Team Odyssey in the National Final of the ‘F1 in Schools’ competition. They’ve travelled to the Airbus factory in Chester for the two-day event (11-12 March) – keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds for updates! There's also a live feed from the event here - the team are scheduled to race at 12.10 today.

    This is the second year in a row our DTE students have reached the UK finals, after impressing judges with the quality of their design and engineering work. Team Odyssey – Alex Berry, Connor Costa, Felix Hughes, Nima Kordany, Thomas Morgan and Rosie Smith – were named overall winners at the East Anglia regional event on 1 February. They follow in the tyre tracks of Team Storm, who won the regionals in 2018 and went on to win the award for ‘Best Engineered Car’ in the Development Class at the National Final in Silverstone.

    The F1 in Schools challenge involves teams from schools across the UK, and runs internationally in over 40 countries around the world. The competition involves computer aided 3-D design (CAD/CAM software), testing, engineering, manufacture and racing of miniature compressed air-powered balsa wood F1 cars. It 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.

    Teams must also raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund their research, travel and accommodation – and for this Team Odyssey are grateful for the support of Swift Technology Group. The team approached Swift for sponsorship after Ms Rebecca Haines, Group Marketing Manager, attended our Open Day and chatted to DTE students about the type of STEM projects on offer to pupils. Ms Haines said: “When I saw Kimbolton School students showcasing their F1 in Schools entry, I was very impressed – offering sponsorship was testament to their capability, positive attitude, inspired minds and a hunger for success”. 

    Team Manager Rosie added: “We started in September but never expected to reach the national finals on our first attempt. For the finals we’ll be looking to improve our car, as well as adding to our portfolios and working on our pit display.”

    Good luck Team Odyssey!