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GP Week : Issue 164
www.f1inschools.com World Finals 2012 Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi We are now in our 12th year of operation and this amazing challenge has grown around the world – operating now in over 40 countries. The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is the only worldwide multidisciplinary challenge for pupils aged 9 – 19 and is now the largest global educational initiative promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market and has proven itself as an initiative which is increasing the intake of students into Engineering careers. F1 in SchoolsTM 8th World Finals will be held in Abu Dhabi in the week prior to the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Over 250 students from around the world will have secured a place at the World Finals after winning the National Finals in their home country. Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be the destination for the competitors and expectations are high for a closely fought title fight, as well as the event being the trip of a lifetime for all the students attending. Richard Cregan, CEO Yas Marina Circuit said "We're delighted to be welcoming the F1 in Schools World Final teams to Abu Dhabi as it represents our increasingly active role in the world of F1. Our own National Schools programme, with the support of Mubadala, is going from strength to strength and this helps us prepare our young generations to participate at the next level. Not only is F1 in the hearts and minds of Abu Dhabi but it's our goal to see it as part of our classroom learning too". Andy Keeling, Park Manager Ferrari World Abu Dhabi said "Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is delighted to be hosting the F1 in Schools World Final. The Final will be part of our Speed Week event which will run throughout the Formula One week, providing an exciting venue for guests and participants to experience the thrill of Ferrari. The guiding principles of Ferrari have been passion, design, history and technical innovation for more than sixty years and we hope that the finalists will find Ferrari World Abu Dhabi an inspirational venue". The World Finals 2012 is held over three days with the teams brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted automotive and motorsport engineering scholarships to City University London. Students are given a brief to design a model compressed air powered F1 Car of the future using computer aided design and manufacture. Each team of students brings together a portfolio of their work to present to multiple judging panels. Their model F1 cars are raced on a specially designed 20 metre track, covering the distance in just over one second. Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. For more information visit f1inschools.com or find us on facebook and twitter F1 in Schools – Changing lives around the World