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Ysgol Talwrn quick off the mark!

Watch out Lewis Hamilton! Ysgol Gynradd Talwrn’s car designs could soon be racing ahead!

Six pupils have won through to the F1 in Primary Schools National Final 2011 in London on Thursday 10th March 2011.

The team, from Year 5 & 6, has designed and built its own miniature Formula One car of the future, which recently beat off strong competition at the North Wales finals.

Now their F1 car will be heading to the Excel Centre where it’ll be going head to head against cars from schools across the UK. During the finals, it will be scrutinised by experts looking at its design and construction before all cars are raced side-by-side along a 20-metre straight.

The F1 in Primary Schools competition aims to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people. 

Talwrn’s Head teacher, Gwyneth Môn Hughes, is delighted by the school’s continued success in the competition.

She explained, “We’re delighted to have made the national finals for a second time. The team competed in Birmingham in 2009 and the pupils enjoyed every minute. Having past experience of the national finals will definitely help us this time round as we’ll know exactly what to expect.”

“The team designed their own model racing car using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, built it out of balsa wood, tested its aerodynamics in wind tunnels and finally raced their miniature gas powered car. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have had parents, local businesses and industry supporting our efforts.”

The team is made up of Alaw Williams, Owain Roberts, Hari Williams, Mari Hughes, Sara Hughes and Hannah Henderson. As part of the project, they also prepared a business plan, developed a budget and raised sponsorship. They’ve also designed their own team logo and branding, and so they’re sure to look the part when they compete in London.

Anglesey’s Education portfolio holder, Councillor Eurfryn Davies, said, “Judging by their success to date, these youngsters could well become the engineers of the future. They have certainly worked hard to make it to London and I’d like to wish them the best of luck as they fly the flag for Anglesey at the F1 in Primary Schools National Finals.”

Last time Ysgol Talwrn competed in Birmingham, their car covered the 20 metre straight in a speedy 1.315 seconds - the equivalent of 200mph in a full size F1 car!

Local county councillor Clive McGregor also praised the school for its sterling work. He added, “Having recently visited the school I’ve seen first hand how much effort the pupils and staff have put into this project. They’ve already tasted success at a regional level and I now hope that they can emulate this next week at the Excel Centre in London. I wish them all the very best of luck.”

ENDS 2.3.11
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