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Go speed racer, go!

Young car buffs are getting a chance to design and race a Formula One model car.


A teacher working with a student checks the setup of a car blank in the CNC router.


The Denford Microrouter is the machine used to manufacture the F1 cars that are designed by students.

The goal of the Jaguar F1 Team In Schools competitive event, taking place June 25 through 29 at the Technology Student Association national conference in Orlando, is to spark an engineering interest in middle and high-school-age students. "Educators agree that it is important for engineers of the future to learn industry-standard software skills," says TSA's Executive Director Rosanne T. White. "By participating in the Jaguar F1 Team in Schools challenge, our students will be able to make informed career choices while having a good time." Other company sponsors of the event include Denford, Jaguar, and Pitsco.

Students must create a 3D-virtual prototype of their racecar using CAD. They design the car bodies, wheels, and axles, assemble them, and produce drawings and 3D Formula One renderings. Compact CO2 engines will power the model cars.

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