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The American Academy Larnaca School Wins At F1 In Schools STEM Challenge 2022

The American Academy Larnaca School Wins At F1 In Schools STEM Challenge 2022

On the 18th June 2022, Cosmic Racing, a team of young engineers and entrepreneurs from the American Academy Larnaca were crowned as the National Champions of the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge 2022. The competition took place at the English School Nicosia.

F1 in Schools is the largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme in the world. It operates in more than 50 countries and gives the opportunity to students to learn about physics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, media skills and financial strategy, while trying to build an F1 miniature car powered by compressed carbon dioxide.

The challenge involved a team of six Year 7 students, plus an external member, designing and building a car using 3D computer aided design software, analysing and testing the aerodynamics of their cars as well as approaching businesses for sponsorship. Through this project the students develop key skills such as communication, presenting and teamwork, while forming the foundation for any career path they may choose to follow.

Cosmic Racing Team Members:

Team Leader: Konstantinos Charalampous

Manufacturing Engineer: Solomos Solomou

Design Engineer: Charalambos Charalambous

Graphic Designer: Michalis Evangelides

Social Media Manager: Michalis Efstathiades

Resource Manager: Giorgos Christofi

Support Member: Andreas Sketsios

Cosmic Racing were outstanding at the national finals. As the national champions, they will now be representing Cyprus at the World Finals of the competition! The national champions were the winners in three more categories: Best Engineering Portfolio, Best Verbal Presentation, and Best Team Identity.

Georgina Michaelides, Senior School Principal of the American Academy Larnaca, commented that, “We are always looking for new ways to excite our students as part of their learning. The F1 in Schools is a fantastic way to encourage students into STEM subjects. We are so proud of our students for their hard work and commitment. They deserve their success and we have high hopes for the World Finals. Thank you to all the sponsors: Lush Beach Bar, Bambos Restaurant, G.A. Sketsios Ltd, Midea Ltd, Sailor Premium Salt Ltd, Time Institute, Anco Catering Equipment, Simscale, Frederick University for their help and support. Without their support it would not have been possible to win this national award. Extended thanks and appreciation to Dr. Andreas Lampis, Physics Teacher, for his mentorship, resilience and hard work in getting the team to this point.”

Support the team

The team effort is impressive and the journey is long! The support of the sponsors so far is touching but a collective and even greater support is needed to achieve the final goal, which is the participation of the team and representation of Cyprus in the World Final in April 2023 in Australia. If you wish to contribute in this effort you can contact the team at www.cosmicracing.org or by email at [email protected]   .

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