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Friday, 24. November 2017

GKN is main sponsor of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge

In 2018, the Freiherr-vom-Stein Gymnasium (High School) in Rösrath will take part once more in the international F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, with support from driveline specialist GKN

Rösrath, 08.11.2017 – At the start of this school year, GKN became the main sponsor of the team from the Freiherr-vom-Stein School in Rösrath in “F1 in Schools”. As main sponsor and a local employer, GKN is supporting the student team with expertise in the fields of motorsport, marketing, engineering and project management. Within the motorsport project, each of the participating students bears responsibility for the tasks specific to their particular area, such as technical implementation, which they must complete on their own or in a focus group and in agreement with the project leader. The work done by the students is entered as a school project into the overall assessment at the end of the school year.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is a multi-disciplinary, international competition in which students aged 11 to 19 develop a miniature Formula 1 racing car by computer, build it and then ultimately race it against a large field of other teams. The students go head-to-head with their cars, powered by gas cartridges, in regional competitions and a German championship run on a 20-metre track. The winning team then represents Germany in the F1 in Schools World Finals run annually on the fringe of a Formula 1 Grand Prix. The teams are judged on the basis of design, production, reaction time, vehicle speed, business plan and presentation.

But the project offers the school a lot more than that. The aim is to use the fascination and global profile of Formula 1 to combine school and practical experience in an exciting learning experience. “This project helps students to identify their own capabilities and interests more clearly and to make the most of them,” says Head Teacher, Dr. Michael Gasse. “Learning that a team only functions when a diverse array of disciplines work together in agreement is far more beneficial for the students than their actual performance in the race itself.”

GKN’s aims are similarly founded, which is why this sponsorship is highly strategic in nature for GKN. “A global industrial company like GKN has an ongoing need for highly qualified young talent. If a project like this helps get young people enthused about a career in engineering, our involvement has been worthwhile,” says Steffen Junge, Team Leader Product Management, GKN Driveline.

from left: Marcel Weinmann, Martin Hoffmann, Finn Wittiber, Robin Redlinger, Lukas Nottebrock, Tobias Naaber, teacher Timo Friedrich, Steffen Junge (Team Leader Product Management at GKN), Robert Krasnopolski, Kunibert Keschtges (Quality & Risk Manager Site Continuous Improvement Leader at GKN)