Limerick students blaze trail toward Formula One

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A GROUP of students from St Nessan’s Community College in Moylish are following in the footsteps of McLaren, Ferrari and Williams by constructing new designs for Formula One cars.

A GROUP of students from St Nessan’s Community College in Moylish are following in the footsteps of McLaren, Ferrari and Williams by constructing new designs for Formula One cars.

Three groups from the secondary school recently competed in the regional finals of the F1 in Schools challenge in Cork Institute of Technology.

A national competition open to all secondary schools, F1 in Schools requires students to design and manufacture a 25mm long compressed air-powered F1 racing car and then compete against each other to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland.

This is the seventh year of the competition, which is run by the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership Discover Science & Engineering.

The teams are assessed on aspects of the design and the car’s speed and their overall presentation skills. Team Mustang from St Nessan’s - made up of fifth year students Dylan Graham, Rafat Zakrzewski and Liam Gavin - qualified for the national finals of the competition, which will be held in Griffith College Dublin on April 26.

“We are over the moon with the result. It’s great when all the hard work pays off. We hope we can now do our school and ourselves proud in Dublin,” said Mustang team manager Liam Gavin.

A second team, Team Turbo W.M.F won first prize for their innovative use of Information and Communication Technology.

See www.F1inSchools.ie for more information.