F1 IN SCHOOLS OPENS NEW ACADEMY IN LONDON

MechSpace, a building spanning six levels, with some 12,000 square feet of space and an array of well-equipped workshops and study spaces, provides UCL Mechanical Engineering students with a social hub and central base to work on their projects, with a range of advanced engineering equipment supplied by Denford Limited, founding partner of F1 in Schools.  It is a dedicated facility, where students can design and build prototypes and hone their practical skills, in preparation for future careers in engineering.
 
This building is now also home to the very first F1 in Schools Academy, a hub for schools, which provides access to equipment and a manufacturing resource for students taking part in the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge. The student teams will work on their project management and business plans, sponsorship, marketing, sketching, car design and analysis within their schools, and will then have the opportunity to access the CNC manufacturing equipment, Lasers and 3D printing technology through planned visits to the Academy. 
 
Students will also have the chance to use test equipment, such as the Air Trace Visualisation System and F1 Race Track, allowing them to test the speed and performance of their finished cars. The F1 in Schools Academy will provide participating schools with support for all aspects of the challenge, with UCL Engineering students mentoring local teams. 
 
F1 in Schools has enjoyed a long and successful association with UCL Mechanical Engineering, with the University students mentoring teams, as well as the University providing our UK National Champions and World Champions with valuable scholarships. 
 
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, said of the Challenge’s move to MechSpace: “We’re delighted to be an integral part of the new MechSpace facility in Kings Cross, London, with a suite of Denford-supplied equipment, which will not only be a valuable asset for students’ project work, but will also be home for our first London Academy, giving us the opportunity to bring teams to MechSpace to work on their F1 in Schools cars, with the help of UCL Mechanical Engineering mentors. 
 
I would like to thank Professor Tim Baker for all his help in providing F1 in Schools with a fitting home and we look forward to working with Tim and his team in the coming years.”
 
Professorial Teaching Fellow, Tim Baker, who championed the acquisition and adaptation of the new space, said: “UCL is cited as a global leader in engineering education, with UCL highlighted for our work on practical projects. MechSpace will provide our students with exceptional facilities and will be a place where our department can further develop our leadership in the field.
 
It also provides a space for us to collaborate with F1 in Schools further, bringing local schools to access equipment that is not always available to them, as well as the expertise of our undergraduates who welcome the opportunity to mentor and inspire the younger generations of future engineers. We look forward to the Academy developing strong links with schools in the area and hosting students for their F1 in Schools development and test programme and hope that we can nurture further F1 in Schools World Champions.”
 
07/11/2019