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F1 in Schools

Launch STEM careers through competition... Let your students find their calling with the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge!

F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools offers all students between 11 to 19 the chance to work in a close-knit team, where everyone takes on a role to suit their skills. Teams are challenged to create and race their vision of the F1 car of the future, to our official Technical Regulations, set out by a rule committee led by legendary F1 engineer Gary Anderson. Researching, planning, managing, designing, marketing, manufacturing and promoting themselves, they work together to reach a UK Regional Final, for the chance to compete for a place at the UK National Final.

Competition judging takes place using official competition scorecards across 5 main disciplines: Marketing judging, Verbal Presentation, Engineering Judging, Vehicle Scrutineering and crucially, Racing.

Winning teams are those who show a range of skills across all areas and achieve the highest overall score. Judged by F1 team personnel, industry experts, past competitors and STEM ambassadors, the process is thorough and constructive, giving invaluable personal feedback to those competing.

Our ultimate aim is to give students a platform to discover what really makes them tick, helping them uncover a pathway to their dream job while making memories throughout their time with F1 in Schools.


Minimum of 3 participants, maximum of 6 participants per team. F1 in Schools participants come from schools and college in all corners of the UK. Last season, over 2,200 students attended an F1 in Schools Regional Final, organised, run and presented by the dedicated F1 in Schools team. 


Registration into the competition is free for Entry Class teams, with Development and Professional Class teams paying a small registration fee of around £75.

Dates and Location

These events are held between January and February, in 12 locations around the UK. Regional Final venues can change, but tend to locate at a school or establishment that works with F1 in Schools to help grow the challenge in their region.


The UK F1 in Schools season opens in June, with schools able to register their teams and download all competition rules online. Teams then have until Christmas to work on their project elements (cars, portfolios, display), with regional finals beginning in January. Regional Finals are a full day activity, located in one of 12 'hubs' that host the F1 in Schools team to deliver and present the event activity. Regional Finals climax with an awards ceremony, where teams will discover if they are progressing through to the UK National Final before the Easter holidays. The UK Final is a two-day event attended by senior staff from most F1 teams, giving the best of the best a chance to progress to the F1 in Schools World Finals.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Energy/Environment
    • Entertainment
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Sport/Fitness
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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