o The Frog Blog: Irish School Wins F1 in Schools World Championship

Monday, 28 September 2009

Irish School Wins F1 in Schools World Championship


Congratulations to Team Koni Kats from St. David’s Secondary School in Greystones, County Wicklow who took the top honours at the fifth Formula One in Schools Technology Challenge World Championships held last week in London. At a glittering awards ceremony attended by Lewis Hamilton and VIP guests from the world of Formula One and education, the talented students were presented with the Bernie Ecclestone World Championship Trophy and coveted Automotive and Motorsport Engineering scholarships to City University London. They were also given an exclusive tour of the McLaren Technology Centre .

Thirty one teams from 20 countries were vying for the champions title, with the Koni Kats team showing their design, development, engineering and presentation skills, as well as excellent team work, to lift the Bernie Ecclestone trophy and beat their international rivals. The team also captured two other awards: Best Presentation and Best Engineered car, en route to their championship title. The Koni Kats team comprising Conor Daly, Eoin O'Connell, Sean Cleary and Adam Gammell were thrilled to take victory.

Current F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton presented Koni Kats with the Best Engineered car award, which was supported by his F1 team, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Hamilton praised the Irish team for their high level of engineering, which has set new standards for the F1 in Schools Challenge.

The Frog Blog would like to congratulate the boys on their fine win, a superb achievement. For more information on the competition in Ireland click here or click here to view the F1 in Schools Ireland Blog. This is another great achievement in science and technology for Irish pupils, after two pupils from Kinsale took first place in the European Young Scientist Competition last week.

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