Limerick’s Team Mustang are F1 champs

A TRIO of students from St Nessan’s Community College beat 25 other teams to the chequered flag at the recent F1 in Schools Technology Challenge in Dublin.

A TRIO of students from St Nessan’s Community College beat 25 other teams to the chequered flag at the recent F1 in Schools Technology Challenge in Dublin.

Team Mustang - made up of fifth year students Dylan Graham, Rafat Zakrzewski and Liam Gavin - won the Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award at the national finals in Griffith College Dublin.

The competition is run by the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering and requires students to design and manufacture a 25mm long air-powered F1 racing car and then compete against each other.

Over 600 students representing 120 second-level schools from across the country battled their way through the various stages of the competition to reach the finals.

In addition to racing head to head, the competing teams were judged on the quality of engineering, portfolio, resource management, marketing, graphic design and sponsorship activities and on a verbal presentation of their work.

Team Mustang won their award based on the business expertise they displayed in their presentation, which was considered as important as the engineering aspect.

Irish Computer CEO Jim Friars said the standard among entries was “exceptionally high”.