Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Rápido y Furioso's success!!

Last Friday my F1 team, Rapido y Furioso and Team Petrolic, traveled to Griffith Collage Dublin to compete in the F1 in School Challenge regional final. 

Our two team succeed in securing a place a place the regional final back in November of 2012. All TY's studying technology this year got into groups of fives and wrote a five page plan of what they would do if they succeed into the next round. Two teams were then selected from our school which were team Rapido y Furioso and Team Petrolic. Since November we have designed out car on Solid works, and got it made in Cork IT. We also secured sponsorship with Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - ITB. Their generous contribution funded our uniforms, embroidery on our uniforms, printing of posters and transportation. 

Rapido y Furioso and Team Petrolic

Last Friday was the regional final of the F1 in schools competition. On the day we were judged on our stand, our portfolio, our 5 minute verbal presentation in front of the judges and the average speed of our car. 

Our stand and display

Racing time!

For those of you who are wondering what the car is actually like, it is only about 15cm in length and our car weights about 72g. The body of the car is made entirely out of balsa wood which is a special light-weight wood. To race the car, there is a 30mm long hole in the back of the car. A small gas canister fits into this slot and then connects up to a gas pump which shots off the car when the starter button is pressed. 

Rapido y Furioso car ready to race! 

Overall the day was a fantastic success, with both St. Wolstan's team qualifying to the next round, The National Finals!! Our team, Rapido y Furioso also won a prize for best use of computer-Aided- Design. The entire team is over the moon and can't wait for the National finals on the 30th April! :) 

Accepting our award

Teams trough to national finals

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