This is cool, school students design a CO2 powered Formula One cars and race for a trip to the finals at the Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been to this GP twice and it’s a fantastic event. The circuit is a short tram ride from Melbourne's CBD and the GP literally takes over the city for the week. A great challenge, but what a reward!
F1 in Schools! - www.f1inschools.us
The Formula 1 (F1) in Schools initiative creates a fun and motivating environment for students to experience the engineering process. The worldwide popularity of F1 racing lends excitement while providing a relevant background for simulating critical elements of engineering in the real world.
The winning teams from each country are invited to compete in the World Championships to be held in Melbourne, Australia, at the Australian Grand Prix in March 2007.
Autodesk, Denford, and Pitsco have teamed with TSA to introduce students to industry-standard software and equipment that help them relate academic and technical subjects and put them into a real-life working environment, with the hope to help them make informed career choices. The teams work with 3-D CAD/CAM software and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software as they strive to build the fastest F1 car of the future. They design everything from the car body to the wheels and axles, and they assemble the components after generating drawings of the race cars. The cars are raced on an 80-foot track and are powered by CO2 cartridges. The cars reach speeds of close to 50 mph.