x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Kids invited to build and race wooden F1 cars

Students are being given the chance to compete in an international Formula One competition in Singapore.

ABU DHABI // Students are being given the chance to compete in an international Formula One competition in Singapore. The Yas Marina Circuit has acquired the United Arab Emirates franchise for F1 in schools, which challenges students aged 9-19 to use software to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1 car made from balsa wood and powered by a single compressed air cylinder. The circuit will host a national championship in early June and the winning team will go to Singapore in September for a World Championships. "F1 in Schools is a tremendous initiative that we are very proud to support," said Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of Yas Marina Circuit . "It gives UAE school students a genuine opportunity not only to design and create a car but also to develop an understanding of teamwork, organisation, business and finance." The circuit is establishing a centre for the school, where they will run one term and full-year programmes.

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