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Education without Frontiers
“New Technologies in
Education”
«F1 in Schools»
An international project
concerned with
Informational Technology
in education
Founder of the Project:
Andrew Denford
Reporter: Brian Spalding
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
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What is “F1 in Schools?
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
• F1 means “Formula-1 car racing”
• “in Schools” means that the participants in the
project are teams of school pupils aged between 11
and 18 years.
They use computer
programs for the design,
production and testing of
miniature racing cars.
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What do the teams do?
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
• These miniature cars are manufactured from balsa
(a soft kind of wood).
• They are propelled by
“rockets” in the form of
soda-water syphons;
• Producing jets of
carbon-dioxide gas.
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Important dates
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
• The first national conference took place in the year
2000, in Great Britain.
• In 2002, already four countries were involved in the
“F1 in Schools” project; so it had become
International.
Number of
participating
schools
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Participating countries
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
The number of participating countries exceeds 20.
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What do the teams do?
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Moscow 2007
• Each team consists of
betweeen 3 and 6 pupils.
• Each team prepares a
business plan, with a financial
basis; and they proceed to
secure sponsorship funds..
• With the help of the
appropriate computer
programs, they design the
miniature racing cars with
which they will compete.
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What do the teams do?
• The aerodynamic
characteristics of their
designs are
determined by means
of a “Virtual Wind
Tunnel”.
• This is a computer
program embodying
the scientific discipline
known as
“Computational Fluid
Dynamics” (CFD).
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
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The Virtual
Wind Tunnel
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
The computer program which they use is called
PHOENICS,
It can be used on
personal
computers.
A special graphical
interface has been
created so as to
facilitate the use of
the program by
school-children.
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The latest interface for
the Virtual Wind Tunnel
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
The latest interface makes use of ‘Prelude’, which
provides ‘Gateways’ to PHOENICS which focus on
particular applications.
It is simple enough to be used by the youngest children.
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What do the teams do?
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
• The predictions of the Virtual Wind Tunnel are checked
against measurements in a real Wind Tunnel..
• Using machinecontrol computer
programs, the
teams create the
instructions which
will cause lathes
or milling
machines to
create their
models.
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The Competition
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
• Then the models are raced, two at a time, in
twenty-meter-long track.
There exist national
and international
competitions; and
there is now even a
Cup for the
Championship of the
World.
a
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Criteria; and the
prizes
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
The judges consider not only the speed of the
machines, but also:
• the quality of design,
• the marketing skills demonstrated by the teams, and
• their presentation of the project.
In 2005, these five young
Australians won scholarships
to study engineering at a
London University worth a
total of 1.5 million dollars.
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The founder of the project,
Andrew Denford, maintains that:
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
with the assistance of modern computer technology, pupils
learn the elements of:
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physics,
design,
graphics,
sponsoring,
leadership,
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aerodynamics,
mechanics,
brand-management,
marketind,
teamwork,
• financial strategy
and all within a framework of friendly and enjoyable rivalry.
Evidently, the rapid and extensive spread of the project shows that:
Andrew Denford + “F1 in Schools” constitute the right formula!
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Final remarks
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
• The web-site of the project is:
www.f1inschools.co.uk
• The computer program embodying the Virtual Wind
Tunnel can be inspected, and tried out, in the
Internet Café on the second floor of Pavilion 2,
between 1100 and 1600 hrs of each day of the
exhibition.
• All interested persons are cordially invited.
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Among these flags,
the space for Russia’s is free
25-28 March
Moscow 2007
All these countries have joined within the last five years
Australia
Шотландия
Южная Корея
Ирландия
Бруней
Англия
Таиланд
США
Уэльс
Гонконг
Южная
Африка
С.Ирландия
Сингапур
Португалия
Малайзия
Канада
ОАЭ
Катар
Кувейт
Германия
Страны, вступившие в 2006 г.
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