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St. Nessan's C.C. Participate in F1 Schools Challenge at The University of Limerick

St. Nessan's C.C. Participate in F1 Schools Challenge at The University of Limerick
Date: 20 Mar 2013
The Regional finals are held in the University of Limerick each year and this is the ninth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership Discover Science & Engineering. F1 in Schools is a national competition; open to all secondary schools, to design and manufacture a 25mm long compressed air-powered F1 racing cars. Student teams compete against each other in Regional and National Championships to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland. The winning car will be judged on design, speed and the school team’s full project presentation.
This is the third year that the school has been involved in the competition and has enjoyed great success so far. In 2010 Team Cheetah won “Best Website” at the National Finals and last year Team Mustang won first prize in the “Marketing and Communication” category. The school has also achieved prizes at Regional level for best use of ICT. This year we have already added to this success by qualifying 2 teams for the Regional finals and we hope to add to it further by winning more prizes at the Regional and National Finals.

The two teams are: AfterShock (Erin Sheehan, Leanne Roche, Dervela Ryan, Naomi Mitchell Kelly) and Blazzin’ Bullets (Leah O’Brien, Aoife O’Carroll, Lisa Daly, Anna Sommerer, Bobbi-Marie O’Callaghan)
 
Marketing and Communication Manager of Blazzin’ Bullets Leah O’Brien describes the work the team has put in so far to get to this stage in the competition:  “We are very happy to have qualified for the Regional Finals. We have put hours of hard work into all aspects of this project. We feel very privileged to represent our school and city in a positive way in this competition.” The Qualifying Stage consisted of a five plan on how each team intended to create their 25cm balsa wood Formula One™ car by showing our research, proposed budgets, designs etc. 
 
Team Manager of AfterShock, Dervela Ryan explains why she thinks that they not only deserve to get through to the National Finals but why they deserve to win also:  “We have taken a lot of interest in this competition and are very proud to have made it to the Regional Finals. Being our first year in the competition we didn’t know much about it in the start but have learned lots of stuff about F1. We would love to get through to the National Finals and if we won it would be a great accomplishment for our school and ourselves.”
 
We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors Modular Automation who have supported us for the last two years, the Food Court, Limerick, Cantec and Moyross Community Enterprise Centre who have generously sponsored us this year. We appreciate all our generous sponsors.  The F1 in Schools National Finals will be take place in April 2013. Visit www.F1inSchools.ie for more information on the Challenge, and for further team information, please contact: Leah O’Brien or Erin Sheehan Marketing and Communicational Managers for both teams or Mr. Donal Doody – Co-Operating Teacher.

You can contact us at: F1nessans@gmail.com or Tel: 061 452422