Posted by By Janie Stuart

16 February 2018

16 Feb 18

Inoapps Sponsors Linlithgow Academy in Prestigious National Schools STEM Competition

Inoapps is delighted to sponsor local school Linlithgow Academy in the F1 in Schools competition 2018. The all-female team, who have named themselves “Team Accelerace”, consists of five S3 students; the first ever team from Linlithgow Academy to take part in the competition, which engages with millions of students across the Globe through the power of Formula 1. On 23 February the team will head to the first round of the competition, where they will race their car against a host of other teams from across Scotland.

F1 in Schools is a not-for-profit educational organisation, which relies solely upon support and contributions from industry to be able to operate. In a field that has traditionally failed to attract girls as a future career path, the competition is intended to encourage the next generation of students to see science and engineering as an attractive career path for all.

This year is the first time that Linlithgow Academy has taken part in the F1 in Schools challenge, and the team is competing in the “Development Class” for first time competitors. Using a range of powerful CAD and CAM technologies (CNC machining and 3D printing), the team is following the same processes that a real Formula 1 team would to develop a racing car, from creating their business plan to designing, making and racing their car. The challenge provides students with the opportunity to develop key skills such as; communication, presenting and team working, which will form the foundation of their future, in whichever career path they choose. The competition culminates in a 20m track race, with the winning team chosen based on a combination of their track time and the quality of the portfolio submitted.

David Marshall, CDT Teacher at Linlithgow Academy, and teacher in charge of the project said “It is a pleasure to guide the team through this project with the support of Inoapps. This is a project that allows the participants to develop a host of beneficial skills including team-working, building relationships with outside businesses and working to deadlines, as well as undertaking fundraising activities and writing business plans. The girls have taken responsibility at all stages of the project, making sure that they are managing their resources well and that I am providing the support that they require. The competition has pushed them to work at a level beyond S3 and the skills that they are learning now will support them through their senior school years and beyond.”

Andrew Norris, Inoapps’ European Region Leader, said, “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Team Accelerace in this venture, which will support them in building the skills required in their future working lives. We’re even more pleased that in 2018, the Year of the Woman, Linlithgow Academy is entering an all-female team in the competition. If this programme encourages any of the girls to embark on a career in engineering or technology, it can only be a great thing.

Linlithgow is the home of the Inoapps Product Development Centre, where we are building a suite of powerful business applications to help organisations run their operational systems better and more efficiently. The Linlithgow office has a long-standing programme of graduate and apprentice recruitment, building the next generation of talent that will support Inoapps into the future. We believe that competitions like this are vital to ensuring the continued supply of future talent. We wish Team Accelerace the best of luck and will follow their progress with great interest.”

If successful, the team will progress to the next round of the competition, held at the home of Formula 1, Silverstone.

For more information on the competition visit the F1 in Schools website.

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