Following an intensive two-month period of Saturday workshops and after school effort, six teams of Cobb students travelled to Athens on March 6 to compete in the F1 in Schools State Finals.
The F1 in Schools Challenge was initiated in the United Kingdom in 1999 to raise the awareness of engineering among its students. The students designed, analyzed, manufactured, tested and raced 1/20” scale Formula One cars. The participants became familiar with state of the art CAD/CAM software and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software as well as automated machining procedures and testing while they followed specific guidelines while constructing their model.
Each Cobb team qualified for the national competition this summer. The teams placed as follows:
1st Place: Wheeler High School
Fastest car: Wheeler High School
1st Place: East Cobb Middle School
2nd Place: Daniell Middle School
3rd Place: Lost Mountain Middle School
4th Place: Griffin Middle School
5th Place: Lovinggood Middle School
Fastest Car: Daniell Middle School
Special recognition is due to each team’ advisors: James Morris, Ed VanHaute, Ethel Shockley, Melissa Barlow, Danielle Dickerson, and Heather Holder.
Students also created a display, a portfolio and an oral presentation of their work. Judging is based on the car speed (aerodynamics, design and manufacturing), adherence to specifications, reaction times of the “driver”, display, portfolio and presentation.