PMIEF Partner F1iS Hosts First Virtual Event in 20 Year History


29 October 2020

Published inPM for Social Good

F1 in Schools hosts first virtual event

Last month, F1 in SchoolsTM, one of the world’s largest STEM educational programs and a PMIEF partner, hosted a virtual event in place of its highly anticipated UK National Championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in the 20-year history of the organization, 34 teams vying to become the UK National Champions were unable to compete together at a live event. However, F1 in SchoolsTM was determined not to shatter the dreams of so many students and created an exciting livestreamed final to meet the demands of the new environment we are all living in. 

With the 34 teams racing live and over 5000 students watching online Britannia Red from Robert May’s School, Odiham, Hampshire, took the 2020 F1 in Schools National Champions crown in a thrilling win to this year’s competition. 

An innovative hybrid event was created, combining live racing with video presentations, written submissions and distanced car scrutineering, all assessed remotely by a panel of expert judges – Tom Deacon, commentator for Formula 1’s Esports series; Georgina Edwards, an alumni of the competition; and Sophie Harker, an aerodynamics and performance engineer at BAE Systems and winner of the IET's Young Women Engineer of the Year Award 2018. 

“It’s been a roller coaster of a year for all the teams,” said Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in SchoolsTM, said of this F1 in Schools UK 2020 competition. “They wanted to complete their journey and compete nationally, with many having spent quite a few years participating and desperately wanting to win a place in the World Finals, so we wanted to make it happen. The event was a very accomplished ‘plan B’ and although the teams couldn’t all be together, they were able to compete and share in the excitement of the competition.” 

Britannia Red, with team members: Amelia Dorward, 15, Ted Hodgson, 16, Zach Taylor 16, Abi Bessant 15, Caoimhe Thomas, 15, and Callum Green, 15, celebrated their victory with confetti, albeit on their own at school and not on the top step of the podium with all the teams celebrating. 

Team Manager, Amelia said of winning in a statement to the press, “It’s fantastic that we took the National Champions title, but it was very different to be competing at an event that we couldn’t attend. We’ve been used to sitting round a table to share ideas and work together, but we’ve had lots of online meetings, and lockdown actually gave us more time to work on F1 in Schools.”

“I congratulate all the teams for their perseverance and resilience. I’m sure all the students have bright futures ahead of them, I know they will all have learnt so many skills from F1 in SchoolsTM that will benefit them in their careers ahead,” said Denford of all the teams that competed. 

The PMI Educational Foundation is a proud partner of F1iS. The Foundation’s partnership with F1iS supports events like the UK National Championship and looks forward to helping play a supportive role in future events. 

PMIEF’s partnership with F1iS will help integrate project management into the nonprofit’s competition handbook to ensure young people strategically apply this knowledge to the competition in addition to classroom lessons in aerodynamics, physics, design, manufacturing and marketing and branding. To learn more about PMIEF’s partnership with F1iS and how it will impact over 1 million youth, visit here.