Crocus Students to Compete in Abu Dhabi Using CATIA V5

November 22, 2010

One year from now, a team of Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School students will take part in the next Formula One (F1) in Schools world championship design challenge in Abu Dhabi, announced Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger yesterday.

"Students used cutting-edge design technology to build the fastest model of an F1 race car in Canada," Selinger said. "I want to congratulate this team of students, teachers and advisors on this remarkable accomplishment and wish them well when they reach the international stage to represent Canada next fall."

Selinger made a stop at the school on Friday to congratulate the students, and had a little racing competition with Brandon East NDP MLA Drew Caldwell.

The F1 in Schools program is worldwide and funded by Grand Prix racing teams. The University of Manitoba's faculty of engineering held an F1 in Schools competition in April 2010. The Golden Geckos team from Crocus Plains won the Manitoba competition and two weeks later placed first at the Canadian national competition in Toronto.

Funding from Manitoba's Technical Vocational Initiative (TVI) gave students access to high-tech equipment such as a computerized virtual wind tunnel to improve efficiency in race-car designs. Manitoba schools were the first in Canada to provide state-of-the-art computer-aided 3-D interactive application (CATIA) software to students. The CATIA V5 software is used by leading automotive manufacturers, the aerospace industry and consumer product developers.

F1 in Schools is open to students between the ages of 11 and 18. Students research, design, build and race scale model F1 cars that have to conform to rigid design specifications. Students also have to develop business plans, seek sponsorships, and collaborate with business and industry partners.

"Making education relevant to students and providing young Manitobans with the opportunity to learn advanced high-tech skills will result in even greater design and drafting achievements in the years ahead," Selinger said. "Manitoba's ability to compete in a global economy will benefit over the long
term."

The students will compete in Abu Dhabi in November 2011