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Montana Tech Hosting F1 in Schools Challenge

Montana Tech will be the host site for the 2016 F1 in Schools Challenge on Friday, March 25, 2016. Twelve schools from around the state will participate.  

Teams of 3-5 members work together to build a model Formula 1 (F1) race car. Over the course of the project the students will develop a business and design plan for building the car, construct the car using Computer Aided Design (CAD), turn the designs into CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) instructions, mill the car from balsamic wood or the new F1 block using a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router, test the model in a wind tunnel, and ultimately race their carbon dioxide powered cars at Montana Tech this March.  

This project organized and sponsored in part by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Montana Office of Public Instruction is designed to interest students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers by involving them in a hands on project involving science and engineering principles and skills. Winners of state competition have the opportunity to compete at the national level.

Last year the Harlem United F1 in Schools team won the Best Engineering Design, Best Pit Display and were the grand champions at Montana Tech qualifying them to go on and compete at the International F1 in schools at the International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan where they brought home the Nationals F1 in Schools Best Portfolio trophy.  

Montana schools participating are: Corvallis, Drummond, Harlem, Hays Lodgepole, Heart Butte, Helena, Hot Springs, Plains, Pryor, Rocky Boy, Sheridan, and Sun River.

 A schedule of events can be found HERE. For more information, please contact: Mary Ellen Earnhardt, Education Program Representative at 406-444-3619 or 406-461-7994 or email mearnhardt@mt.gov.