Students celebrating global F1 in Schools STEM Challenge win

Team Britannia Red

Hampshire students Zach Taylor and Ted Hodgson, currently in the Lower Sixth at Peter Symonds College, are celebrating winning the global F1 in Schools STEM Challenge, along with team members from their former school, Robert May’s School.

F1 in Schools is the largest STEM competition in the world and run with support from the Formula 1 community. Students deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered cars made from F1 model block.

The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership and teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.

Zach and Ted’s team, ‘Britannia Red’ are current World Champions, beating thousands of teams from 49 countries and winning scholarships for engineering at UCL, tickets to a Grand Prix and work experience at Williams F1 among other prizes.

Speaking about the project, Zach said

‘This was degree level work in aerodynamics and engineering so it was tough but amazing to learn all this new information.’

In addition to using their STEM skills the team had to put together portfolios and reports and win sponsorship from a range of companies. Zach said

‘We’ve been so lucky with the support we’ve had from industry experts who gave us loads of advice and we learnt a lot about how companies and employers work, what they’re looking for and how to present yourself.’

‘I’m grateful to the sponsors and our lead teacher Phil Cain – they’ve been fantastic.

‘I’d dreamt of wining but never imagined it would happen, so it was a bit of a shock. We’ve had so many amazing opportunities and it’s changed everything for me. It was an amazing experience!’