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Formula 1 racing at DCC

Story by Tom Kelly

Monday, 21st January, 2013 9:30am

Formula 1 racing at DCC

Liam Smith, Áine O'Donoghue, Jordan O'Brien, teacher Josephine Bradely, Amy Stanley and Niall Sheehan of Team Electric Leprechaun.

Team Electric Leprechaun from Dunshaughlin Community College is revving up for the regional finals of the 'F1 in Schools Technology Challenge', sponsored by the Irish Computer Society.

The international competition challenges secondary school students to design, build and race model Formula 1 cars powered by compressed air canisters.

Team Electric Leprechaun members Jordan O'Brien, Áine O'Donoghue, Niall Sheehan, Amy Stanley and Liam Smith will go head-to-head with teams from throughout the region, testing the speed and engineering quality of the F1 model car they have been working on since September.

Using computer-aided design software to model the car's design specification, the team is now collaborating with Institute of Technology Blanchardstown's 'F1 in Schools' make centre on its construction.

After gaining financial support from Ashbourne Continental Freight, the team have the funds necessary to go far in the competition.

The car, measuring 25cm long and made of balsa wood, could potentially reach scale speeds of up to 350km/hr.

In addition to racing head-to-head, the competing teams will be judged on the quality of their engineering, marketing, graphic design and resource management portfolios and on a verbal presentation of their work.

Electric Leprechaun's team manager Jordan O'Brien says that the team has thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the challenge so far and is hopeful of a strong performance in the regional finals. If successful at the regional finals, Electric Leprechaun will progress to the national finals in April. The winners there will earn the chance to represent Ireland at the world finals later in the year.

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