Laurel Hill Racing – Pictured are team members Genevieve, Margherita, Sophie and Alannah at TUS.
Laurel Hill Racing to participate in Formula 1 Schools National Final
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
Laurel Hill Racing, a team made up of 6th year Laurel Hill students is participating in the Formula 1 ‘F1 in Schools’ project.
The aim of the project is for secondary school STEM students to learn how to design, race and build their very own miniature Formula 1 car.
Teams register to take part in their local regional final where they will then compete against other teams in that area.
The Regional winners will go through to the Irish National Final to compete again against other regional winners for the title of ‘Irish National Champions’.
This process is then repeated in over forty countries and the winners are invited to compete at the F1 in Schools World Finals to become the F1 Schools World Champions.
The Laurel Hill Racing team, who are “eager to win the competition”, have been successful in getting through to the Nationals stage.
After getting through to the Nationals, the team wish to “represent Ireland at the F1 in Schools World Final”.
In the project, participants must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund their project. The team has received sponsorships from Northern Trust, Women in Motorsport Ireland, Affinity Credit Union, and Munster Car Parts.
The secondary school students enthusiasm for racing began at a young age and they are committed to their passion, working on weekends outside school to fulfil their passion for motorsport as their school had no engineering classes available for them.
They used their own resources to come together to create their own functioning F1 car and have prevailed through the competition.
The all-female team wishes to “boost women in STEM and engineering” and inspire other young women to follow their dreams no matter what stands in their way.
Their mission is “to promote a thriving culture of innovation throughout the community, to engage current and future generations into the area of STEM and motorsport.”
To outshine the competition, participants must create a brand for themselves through their social media platforms. The team can be found on Instagram as ‘Laurel Hill Racing’.
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