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Primary students in Greece compete in F1 in schools finals

Jun 16, 2023

“Formula 1” and “elementary students” might not seem like they’d mix, but that’s exactly what they do to exciting educational effect in F1 in Schools, one of the largest STEM school competitions in the world.

F1 in Schools, supported by Formula 1 and the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), helps students gain experiential knowledge and valuable skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as they learn to design and build a scale model of a Formula 1 race car using specialized drafting and production tools and computer analysis programs. Along the way, competitors also develop soft skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation.

On Sunday, June 11, 2023, the Panhellenic F1 in Schools 2023 finals for primary students were held at the Erasmus Greek-German School in Athens.

A dozen student teams from public and private primary schools in Athens and Southern Greece competed, putting their cars to the test on a 20-meter track. For the first time, an all-girls team participated in the finals as part of the F1 in Schools Greece 2023 – All Girls Initiative, an effort to promote girls’ participation in STEM programs. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) supports this initiative as part of a broader grant for the F1 in Schools Challenge that covers teams’ car construction and race travel costs.

All 12 teams shone with enthusiasm, determination, and professionalism, and one of them will go on to represent Greece at the F1 in Schools 2023 World Final in Singapore.