Monday, August 30, 2010

Students to represent Roanoke in Singapore

Niemann Pest and Dylan Wright, both rising freshmen at Patrick Henry High School will be heading to the 2010 F1 in Schools World Championships in Singapore, September 18 – 23. James Madison Middle School’s Team Pyrrhogaster earned the right to represent the USA at this year’s World Championship after winning the 2009 National Championship in Denver.

The JMMS team has formed a partnership with Team OCR from Southeast High School in Bradenton, FL to boost their chance for success at the international level. The group will compete under the title of Unitus Racing-building on two strong records of success. Team OCR is the current 2010 F1 in Schools national champion and Florida’s four-time champion, while the JMMS team is the winner of three consecutive national championships from 2007-2009, and holds the past two Virginia titles.

James Madison faculty advisor Chris Morris says “We spoke with Team OCR following their win at the 2010 National Championships in Baltimore in July and felt a collaborative effort would offer an excellent opportunity for our students to raise their competitive ability and gain invaluable experience competing against the best of the best at the world level. “Pyrroghaster Racing was the only middle school-aged team that competed at the 2009 World Championship in London and finished strongly against the national champions from 33 other countries. We are truly excited about forming Unitus Racing and believe this partnership will lead to an even more impressive showing for America.”

F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams, comprised of three to six students design, analyze, manufacture, test, then race CO2-powered balsa wood F1 cars. Each F1 car is scaled at 1/20th the size of a standard vehicle. This challenge enables students to use state-of-the-art software and machinery. Students learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, media skills, and financial strategy challenges in a competitive and exciting way. Teams are required to prepare a business plan and develop a budget.

“Make no mistake about it,” said Morris, “fielding an international team for this competition requires a large amount of capital –the budget for the Unitus Singapore competition is about $34,000. We are extremely fortunate to be able to pool resources with OCR since we would not have been able to fund it on our own. The money will cover various expenses such as graphics, promotional materials, team uniforms and car manufacturing costs.”

The following companies and organizations have already generously donated their time and support: Lockheed Martin, Roanoke City Public Schools, Manatee Education Foundation, Virginia Western Community College, Lord Botetourt High School, RR Donnelley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Manatee ACT Department, Rapid Prototyping Services, Bay Tool, Trimback Artistry, Tri-H Metals, JBTN Plastics, Signs By Tomorrow.

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Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools


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