Austin, Del Valle Students Get Up-Close View of Formula One Technology
Circuit of The Americas was delighted to host area students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math at the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
Several students and educators involved in STEM-related courses were given the opportunity to come out and watch the science and technology of F1 racing in person. Most of the students were high-schoolers from the Austin and Del Valle school districts.
A group of students from W. Charles Akin’s T-STEM Academy was afforded a rare opportunity to visit a Formula One garage and visit with team members and engineers. Members of the school’s 2013 F1 in School’s U.S. championship “Talon Racing” team were invited to visit the Williams-Martini F1 garage on the Thursday before the grand prix. Students were able to see the race cars up-close and ask technical questions of team representatives.
“‘F1 in Schools’ means, first, the opportunity to apply their academic learning in science, technology, engineering and math to real-world design challenges,” said Juan M. Gonzalez, “F1 in Schools” Texas Regional Event Coordinator. “Second, it develops their leadership, organizational, public-speaking and time-management skills as well as expands their knowledge of trades such as Computer Aided Designing, Fluid Dynamics Analysis and Machining. Finally, they will make and learn from many new friends not only in their own town, state or country, but throughout the world.”