STF Racing Through to National Finals

The day in Cork IT for the South Regional Finals was a long one, but it was worth it. We left St. Fanahan's College at just before 7 am to be in Cork for 8 am. Once there, we set up our display board, shown below.

2010 South Regional Finals
Our display board in CIT. Unfortunately, the image is of poor quality.

The first thing on the timetable for us for our verbal presentation in front of the judges. This involved describing the project and our views and progress to three judges.

Next were the races! Kieran was the chosen member to "press the button". His reaction times were tested four times against another person from a different team, the best being 1.14 seconds. The quickest recorded time the car travelled 20 metres was just over 1.69 seconds. The overall fastest was around 1.3 seconds, recorded by another team.

Our portfolio and display area were the last things to be judged.

At around 3:20 pm, the awards ceremony started. STF Racing was first announced for "Best Website". We were called again shortly afterwards to receive the "Best Marketing and Sponsorship Campaign" award. After the awards were finished with, the teams who would be going to Dublin in April were announced. It was a great moment when STF Racing was mentioned!

A full list of the award winners and qualifiers can be found here: F1 in Schools Blog

Below is an extract from an article in the Avondhu on Thursday, March 4.

The St. Fanahan's F1 team has struck gold and they're on their way to the All-Ireland finals of the school's Formula 1 racing competiton.

At the Regional Heats, the St. Fanahan's team took the top awards for their website and also for advertising and marketing. However, it was for the design and manufacture of their model F1 car that the team outplayed the other schools and their teams at the Cork Institute of Technology this week.

One official at the competition in CIT described the St. Fanahan's F1 car as an "aerodynamic revolution". The fifth year students are now working hard to prepare for the next round of the All-Ireland competition, which will be held in Griffith College, Dublin, on April 29. The winners of which will go on to represent the country at the World Games in Singapore at the end of the year.

Source: the Avondhu Newspaper, 04/03/2010