Young female engineers in F1 competition

St Bede's girls
St Bede's girls
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YOUNG engineers at an East Durham school hit on a winning formula for success.

The all-girl Alpha Project team from St Bede’s RC School in Peterlee, Alpha Project, is through to the national finals of the F1 In Schools competition.

The girls – Emma Masters, Amber Ward, Ellie Dawson, Erin Todd and Alex Livingston – were among pupils from 14 schools across the North East in the regional finals of the competition, to design, build and race a scale model F1 car.

Supported by the new Discovery School, which is opening in Newcastle in September for 14 to 19-year-olds interested in becoming engineers, pupils not only had to race their model cars on a track, but had to present the ideas behind their design to a panel of judges at the Great North Museum.

Making it to the finals were, Emmanuel College in Gateshead, which took first place, St Bede’s girls who were second, and the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, which won the rookie team award.

The national finals will be held in the spring with teams competing for a place in the world finals in Abu Dhabi in November.

Discovery School principal, Wendy Allen, who was a judge, said: “The engineering skills the pupils exhibited from the design phase right through to the build and race was phenomenal.

“The North East is crying out for skilled engineers, so seeing these talented pupils here has given us great optimism for the future.”

Andrew Denford, chairman of F1 in Schools, said: “The enthusiasm and knowledge shown by everyone was impressive, so judging was extremely difficult.”