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Raumedic encourages tomorrow’s engineers

Hof – Anyone wanting to get their later career as an engineer off to a flying start has to begin practicing early. And that was likely what motivated a number of students of the Schiller High School in Hof when they entered the international contest “F1 in Schools”. As part of the project seminar to help pupils choose a suitable course of study or career, the six-strong team named SGH-Engineering came together in 2017 to jointly create a miniature racing car. The exclusive sponsor Raumedic helped it with funding. After all, the project involved a lot of tasks and costs: The right materials for the car and a partner for manufacturing it had to be found. In addition, the team had to design a logo and trade show stand, as well as plug their own development on Facebook, etc.

After four months of nerve-racking work, the orange SHG model was presented to the jury and competitors on March 3, 2018, when the regional Southeast championship was held at the Schiller High School in Hof. 18 teams from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands lined up against each other with their vehicles. The miniature racing cars, which are driven by a gas cartridge, had to complete a distance of 20 meters in the shortest possible time. 

Apart from good reflexes on the part of the “pilots”, who started their cars with a hand-held controller, the car’s design played a major role. The teams therefore devoted particularly keen attention to their model’s aerodynamics and weight during the design phase. When the start button was pressed, the small cars, weighing around 55 grams, completed the course in next to no time. 

The SGH-Engineering team did not quite manage to capture the title of Bavarian champion. Its speedster finished third but was able to win the concluding knock-out race with a top time of a little over a second. Thomas Knechtel, Head of the Business Unit Systems at Raumedic, was a member of the jury at the regional contest and had to assess the performance of all the teams: “We not only spoke with budding engineers, but also true production and marketing specialists. I was really impressed. We wish the winning Bavarian team, BSZ Racing from Wiesau, every success at the German championship in May.” 

About the contest

F1 in Schools is a global multi-disciplinary technology contest in which teams of students aged 11 to 19 develop a miniature Formula 1 car on the computer, manufacture it and then race it.

The goal is to leverage the fascination and worldwide footprint of the “big” Formula 1 to create a fun and exciting learning experience for youngsters so as to improve their understanding of and insights into the fields of product development, technology and science and highlight careers in technology.

The cars, which are driven by gas cartridges, race against each other over a 20-meter track in regional contests and the German championship. The winning team represents Germany at the F1 in Schools World Finals, which are staged every year before a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Crucial aspects are the team’s achievements in terms of design, manufacture, response time, vehicle speed, business plan and presentation.

More information can be found on the official website.

  • Like at a real Formula 1 race, the atmosphere was tense on the starting line.
  • Individual components of the SGH-Engineering team’s racing car were made with 3D printing.
  • The orange speedster from the Schiller High School cut a fine figure in the knock-out race.
  • Juror Thomas Knechtel talking to one of the participating teams.