F1 in Schools Technology Challenge: 2015-16

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Marist Hurricanes from Marist College Athlone were declared the overall winners of the 2015-16 F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society Foundation at the National Finals held in Dublin's RDS as part of Tech Week 2016.

The Marist Hurricances team are: Darren O’Hara Duggan (manager), Cian McBrearty, Tom O’Carroll, Jamie McManus, Ciaran McDermott, and Joe Reidy. Their teacher is Mr. Hardiman. The team also scooped the national award for Best Use of ICT and CAD.

The team now has the opportunity to represent Ireland in the 2016 World Championships in Austin, Texas later this year.


2015  Regional Finals

F1 in Schools is truly a nation-wide event that attracts school teams from just about every county all across Ireland.

Three Regional Finals are held at third-level institutions every spring to determine which teams will make it through to the National Final.

The Regional Finals provide competitors with the opportunity to gain an exciting educational experience.

They Regionals are also an environment in which students can express their creativity, skills and teamworking ability in a fun and positive way.

Southern Regional Finals


The University of Limerick (UL) hosted the Southern Regional Finals of F1 in Schools on the 3rd of March 2015.

Check out our collection of photographs from the day's event.

Western Regional Finals


GMIT Castlebar was the venue for the Western Regional Finals of F1 in Schools on the 10th of March 2015.

View our picture gallery from the day at GMIT Castlebar here.

Eastern Regional Finals


Griffith College Dublin was the venue for the Eastern Regional Finals of F1 in Schools over two days on 12-13th March 2015.

View our picture galleries from the days here and here.

2015  National Finals

The National Finals of F1 in Schools Season 2014-15 were held on 29 April at Dublin Castle.

Junior and senior teams competed to determine the national award-winners in various categories – and to discover the overall national champion who would represent Ireland at international level.

The F1 Finals formed part of Tech Week, Ireland's Annual Festival of Technology that engages, challenges and inspires Irish students to interact with technology and to open their minds to all the possibilities of careers in IT.

CEO of the Irish Computer Society Jim Friars congratulated all of the participants.

"The teams raised the bar considerably this year and it was amazing to see the excitement and enthusiasm from both students and teachers alike. An incredible level of commitment and teamwork was displayed and the lengths that the teams went to in modelling and planning the cars were unprecedented."


2015  Category Award Winners

Best Engineered Car

Zero Tolerance Racing

St.Brigid’s Vocational School

Fastest Car F1-Type

AIB Racing

St. Muredach’s College

Fastest Car D-Type

Enterprise Racing

Presentation College

Best Use of ICT & CAD

Karrotica F1

Luttrellstown Community College
Dublin 15

Best Sponsorship & Marketing

Fusion F1

Saint Eunan’s College

Innovative Thinking



Best Newcomer

Team AIB Racing

St. Muredach’s College

Best Team Website

Surge Racing

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn

Best Use of Social Media

Bolt F1

Scoil Chriost Rí

Best Verbal Presentation



Best Portfolio and Pit Display

Sigma F1

Dundalk Grammar School
Co. Louth

2015  Junior Cycle Winners


Ignition Racing

Presentation College

Headford, Co. Galway


Enterprise Racing

Presentation College



Alpha Racing

Presentation College


2015  Senior Cycle Winners


Verus Racing

St. Attracta’s

Tubbercurry, Co.Sligo


AIB Racing

St. Muredach’s College

Ballina, Co. Mayo


Surge Racing

Gaelcholáiste Chéitinn

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

2015  All Schools and Teams


Gaelcholaiste CheatharlachDublin Road, Carlow

Supreme Speed J

Muinebeag Vocational SchoolBagnelstown

KJZ Racing S

Presentation CollegeCarlow

Fuinneamh Racing S
Alpha Racing J
Enterprise Racing J


St. Joseph'sSpanish Point

Speed Merchants J
Four Stroke Racing J


Coláiste an ChraoibhinDuntahane Road, Fermoy

Sabre F1 S

Scoil MhuireKanturk

Team Origin S


Coláiste Chineál EoghainBuncrana

Foireann Tintreach J

Crana CollegeBuncrana

Wild Hawk Racers S
Slick Quick S

Loreto Community SchoolMillford

Innov8 J

St Columba's ComprehensiveGlenties

Team Hot Rod S

St. Eunan's CollegeLetterkenny

Fusion S


Collinstown Park Community CollegeClondalkin

Collinstown Speedsters J

Gonzaga College SJSandford Road

Ventus S
Gonzaga Racing S

Loretto CollegeSwords

Team Evolution J

Lutrellstown Community CollegeClonsilla

Falcon F1 J
Foenix F1 J
Karrotica F1 S

St. Andrew's CollegeBooterstown Avenue, Booterstown

Transonic S
Dynamic Power S

St Benildus CollegeUpper Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan

Retro Racing J
Domestic Drivers J

St. Joseph's Secondary SchoolRush

Innovative Racing J
Contour S
Team Equinox S

St. Mary's College C.S.Sp.Rathmines

White Star S
D'Custard Creamers S

St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls & St. Joseph School for Deaf BoysCabra

DeaFurious S
Shooting Shark S

St. Michael's SchoolGlenmaroon

Holy Rocket Racing S



Garbally CollegeGarbally Park, Ballinasloe

F1 Flash S
Team Twister S

Presentation CollegeHeadford

Ignition Racing J

St. Brigid's Vocational SchoolLoughrea

ZT Racing S

St. Mary's CollegeGalway

Light Speed J

Vocational School AthenryAthenry

Aviator F1 J



Castleisland Community CollegeTonbwee, Castleisland

Crash Test Dumbies S
Speed Demons F1 S


Coláiste Pobail OsraiOrmonde Road, Kilkenny

Blitzkrieg Racing S
Leviathan S

Kilkenny CollegeCastlecomer Road, Kilkenny

Team Titan S
Wildfire S

Presentation Secondary SchoolLoughboy

Team Fuinneamh S


Scoil Chriost RíPortlaoise

Dynamics J
Alpha J
Bolt F1 S
Nitro Sonic S



Carrick-on-Shannon Community SchoolCarrick-on-Shannon

Storm Racing S
Perfriction S

Carrigallen Vocational SchoolCarrigallen, Turbo

ZEUS Racing S
Velocious V12 S

Mohill Community CollegeMohill

Team XLR8 S
Leitrim Rebels S


St. Nessan's Community CollegeMoylish Park, Limerick

Turbo Titans S


Ardee Community SchoolArdee

Racing Vision S

Dundalk Grammar SchoolThe Crescent, Dundalk

Echo Racing S
Zoran F1 S



Colaiste Pobail AclaAchill

Eiredynamic Racing S
Mickey's Motors S

St. Muredach's CollegeBallina

Team AIB Racing S

St. Tiernan's CollegeCrossmolina

Cross Racers S
Sligo Pallet Racers S


Oaklands Community CollegeEdenderry

A.D.A.M. J
Predator J
The All Cars S
Neon Lions S


HEX CNCKnockvicar

Tracktion S

Mean Scoil Muire Gan SmalRoscommon

Flash Voyager S

Elphin Community CollegeCastlerea

Elfinity J
Aerostat S

Roscommon Community CollegeListnamult

NRG Racing S


Grange Post Primary SchoolGrange

Team FKPerformance S

St. Attracta's Community SchoolTubbercurry

Verus Racing S



Gaelcholáiste CheitinnThe Mall, Clonmel

Ultra Speed S
Surge Racing S

CBS ThurlesThurles

FalconTech S


Marist College AthloneRetreat Road, Athlone

Spectrum Racing S


Imagine building a 1/20th-scale F1 racing car capable of travelling at over 110km/hr – using advanced 3D design software, automated manufacturing technology... and some bright ideas from you and your team mates.

F1 in Schools is a unique technology challenge that enables second-level students to get their hands on the latest technology from the worlds of technology, engineering and manufacturing.

The F1 in Schools Challenge is not all about speed. Teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work.

A global competition, F1 in Schools is operated in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society. Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 TV personality and former f1 Team Manager, is a Patron of F1 in Schools Ireland.

"I have learned so many skills and gained so much experience. We have put in so much time, and I don't regret it at all. Should be encouraged to all schools!"

Juliette Crosbie, student,
Dundalk Grammar School

"I enjoyed the F1 in Schools even though I had very little background in technology subjects or business. I've learned a lot from the competition."

Jordan O'Connor, student,
Templeogue College

"F1 in Schools gave students experience in areas of ICT and engineering they would not have got if they did not enter."

Clare McHugh, teacher,
Presentation College Carlow

"Students receive higher results ... Maths, Design & Communications Graphics, Technology, Construction, Art, Business. etc. – all benefit."

Declan Mullins, teacher,
Castleblayney College

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