Students get in gear for national race car design programme
*This article was originally published in the December 18 issue of the Killarney Advertiser.
Transition Year students at St Brigid’s Secondary School will have learned by now if they have been accepted in the prestigious nationwide ‘F1 in Schools Ireland’ competition.
The school has entered two teams and if either team is successful, they will become the first students from Kerry to participate in the nationwide competition that encourages STEM education through the design and build of a real-live scale-model racing car.
The students on Team Vroom Racing, pictured below, are Ilona Sheehan, Kayla Byrne, Grace Daly and Ella Galvin.
Representing Team Mario Cart are Alanna Brady, Kate Donoghue, Meadhbh Bennett and Abbie Daly.
Both teams have submitted a five-page plan to the competition organisers and will know by now (December 23) if they have been selected to participate in the regional finals which are scheduled to take place in February and March.
“We decided to enter because there is such a broad range in the project. Two of us want to study physics, one of us wants to study marketing and one of us is into engineering and this project covers all of that,” Vroom Vroom team manager Ilona Sheehan told the Killarney Advertiser. “We have submitted our plan, which includes a CAD drawing of our racing car, and will know early next week if we make it to the regionals.”
One of the teams has secured financial backing from Formula Female, an organisation set up by Irish international hockey star and motorsport data engineer Nicci Daly to encourage more females to follow an engineering path in education and career choice.
The internationally recognised competition is endorsed by the Formula 1 Grand Prix Championship.
Check out future edition’s of the Killarney Advertiser to see a full page feature on the students’ plan to build a scale-model race car or see , also, Kerrymotorsportnews.com early in the New Year.