Magazine article Techniques

Jaguar F1 Design Challenge at TSA Conference

Magazine article Techniques

Jaguar F1 Design Challenge at TSA Conference

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At the 25th national conference of the Technology Student Association (TSA) this past June, middle and high school students with all interest in becoming engineers had the opportunity to participate in the Jaguar F1 Team in Schools demonstration competitive event.

The event, which was hosted by Denford (U.S.), Jaguar (U.S.), Pitsco and TSA, is designed to raise the image of engineering as a desirable career to middle and high school students, as students make--and race--model cars. At the TSA conference in Orlando, TSA chapter teams were able to demonstrate their Formula One (F1) race car models.

In England, the Jaguar F1 Team in Schools competition has attracted more than 6,500 students, of whom 35 percent were girls.

"The Jaguar F1 Team in Schools challenge was initiated in the United Kingdom to raise the awareness of engineering among students in response to the severe shortage of individuals choosing to go into the field," says Denford President Paul Koontz. "This is a common problem in many countries around the world."

Mike Beasley, managing director of Jaguar Cars, notes that his company is very pleased to be associated with the challenge and adds that, "It is very important for Jaguar to help ignite the spark of engineering in our schools."

Formula One racing is an exciting international sport, and the F1 cars require complex engineering that is performed by a diverse design team. According to TSA, designing and racing the model F1 cars encourages students to use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software and manufacturing techniques in an innovative way. …

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