A team from St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny is taking part in this year’s F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.
This marks the second year the school has entered the competition. Sigma Racing, St. Eunan’s team last year, made it through to the national finals in Griffith College, Dublin.
“It was a great experience to design an F1 car, having to follow the specifications and compensating for such things as CNDC machine-drilling capabilities,” said Lucas Saava, a member of St. Eunan’s F1 in Schools team, Sigma Racing, last year. “Also, designing a web site for business-like purpose gave me an insight into what people like to see on such web sites.”
The members of this year’s St. Eunan’s team, Optimal F1, are Matthew Hanlon, Ciaran Kelly, Gavin Maguire, Caolan Vaughan, Pauraic Neely and Ayrton Kelly. Teams in the F1 in schools competition will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1 car which will be raced against cars from other participating schools in the regional finals in March and national final in April. This is the seventh year for the competition to run in Ireland, under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society in partnership with Discover Science and Engineering.
Shaun McGinley is the supervising teacher for the F1 in Schools project at St. Eunan’s.
“None of us knew much about F1 in Schools, but once Mr McGinley explained a bit about it we all wanted to partake,” said Caolan Faughan of the Optimal F1 team. “I think that it’s a great thing to do because it will help us develop, and working in a team will give us experience that we never really get.
“What’s more, you get a fantastic opportunity to build a car which, if good enough, could represent Ireland in another country in the World finals,” he said.
Shaun McGinley, the supervising teacher, said F1 in Schools is a great competition for all students, saying, “It promotes a various number of skills that allow students to be better equipped for every day life.”