Ysgol Tycroes crowned UK National Champions in the F1 in Schools Challenge


A Carmarthenshire primary school is racing ahead in an engineering design competition.
Ysgol Tycroes has been crowned UK National Champions in the F1 in Schools Challenge.
It is the third time that the school has claimed the title in the last four years.
Executive board member for education Cllr Gareth Jones said: “Congratulations to Ysgol Tycroes pupils and staff for this excellent achievement.
“There is fierce and strong competition in this challenge from schools across the UK, so to win it three times in four years is a remarkable achievement. Well done to all, and keep up the good work!”
The F1 in Schools Challenge is an exciting learning opportunity, which develops a number of skills such as science, technology, engineering, design, maths, conducting formal presentations and teamwork.
The project involves designing, manufacturing and racing the fastest car possible in 2D and 3D format, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies.
The school’s Year 6 team, Emoji, guided by classteacher Mr Robert Randel and teaching assistant Mrs Natalie Leyshon, attended the UK finals at Coventry Ricoh Arena for the finals on June 30, and became UK National Champions.
“Not only has this been a huge success story this year, but this is the third time in four years that Ysgol Tycroes has been crowned UK National Champions,” said headteacher Mr Elfed Wood.
As well as becoming the National Champions the team also received an award for best-engineered car and for the fourth year in a row Ysgol Tycroes has achieved the fastest car award.
Last year’s F1 team, Mint, set a new world record of 0.929 seconds, which is still standing. 

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