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Formula 1 at school

The Vice-Championship Title with a Formula 1 Car!

Formula 1 at school

Formula 1 at school

The Vice-Championship Title with a Formula 1 Car!

Formula 1 at school

Formula 1 at school

The Vice-Championship Title with a Formula 1 Car!

Formula 1 at school

Project Description

A train in Hof, right at the top of Bavaria – as the local mayor likes to say. In one compartment of the train there are pupils, aged 17 and 18, from Welfen High School (Welfen-Gymnasium) in Schongau. Loud cheers can be heard again and again. With calls of “Vice Champion!” and “I don’t believe it!” the youngsters celebrate themselves and their victory. The school students are participants in a special project seminar entitled “Formula 1 at School”, At the beginning of 2018, they also took part in the international competition of the same name at a high school in Hof (Schiller-Gymnasium).

Then main focus of the competition is on the design and construction of a miniature formula 1 car. Driven by a CO2 cartridge, this car needed to tackle a racetrack of 20 m in length in the shortest time possible. The world record lies at below a second, which corresponds to a maximum speed of far above 72 km/h. Besides this, the pupils had to present the planning and production process of their car in the form of an extensive portfolio, a brief presentation and a creatively designed booth.

This year, Welfen High School in Schongau took part in the competition for the first time. Twelve students from the school entered the contest in two teams – Project-V and Scuderia WGA – with their self-designed racing cars.

Following assessment of all criteria, the Project-V team landed fifth place Bavaria-wide, while the Scuderia WGS team was able to claim the Bavarian Vice Championship title during this demanding competition. This is a performance which was only made possible by the fantastic support of external partners from the region.

These include the Hirschvogel Training Center of the Hirschvogel Automotive Group, the company ept, who enabled the teams to mill the racing cars, and – in particular – the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation. The Foundation, who is already active in several other projects at Welfen High School, assumed the entire costs for financing both racing teams.

Project details

Topic: Competition

Age category: 6 - 18 years

Venue: School or external venue

Duration: Depending on the competition

Participation requirements: Projects related to STEM, music or languages

Project funding

It is possible for the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation to assume part or all of the costs.

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