STUDENTS from a school near Basingstoke have finished second at the regional F1 in Schools challenge held in Oxford.

Robert May’s School students finished runners-up in the development class category of the competition held at the prestigious RAF Benson.

The event was attended by more than 300 students from across the region who formed teams of three to six to compete for a place on the F1 in Schools podium and a space at the prestigious Lenovo F1 in Schools 2024 UK National Finals, which will take place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham in March.

Basingstoke Gazette: Second placed team (Atomic) from Robert May's School

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The STEM-based competition sees participants design, make, and race miniature F1 cars, alongside teaching wider skills such as project management, marketing, and sponsorship.

Developed to be accessible to all students, and to encourage and progress learning, the F1 in Schools competition is segmented into different categories.

These are Professional Class (S4-S6), Development Class (S1-S5), Entry Class (S1-S3), and Primary Class (P7).

Robert May’s students have now progressed through to the national stage of the competition.

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If they go on to achieve success at the national event in March, they will be in with a chance of competing at the Aramco F1 in Schools World Finals – the global stage of the competition which is held annually alongside an international F1 Grand Prix.


Tom Milner, UK project manager for F1 in Schools, said: “The event has been fantastic, and RAF Benson has once again been a great venue to host it in; we can’t thank the team there enough. And to have hundreds of students taking part in this local event reflects just how much interest and passion there is for STEM education.

“It’s been brilliant to see these young people demonstrating their design & engineering talents, and some of the cars on the show have been truly phenomenal. We can’t wait to see how the teams perform at the National Finals in March.”