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F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman Andrew Denford visits Thailand to discuss the implementation of the F1 programme in the Kingdom.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, made a visit to Thailand during his stay in the Far East to meet with local businessman Chakrit “John” Thararam and discuss the implementation of the F1 in Schools programme in Thailand.

F1 in Schools is the only global multidisciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to Collaborate, Design, Analyse, Manufacture, Test, and then Race miniature compressed-air-powered Formula One cars out of the official F1 Model Block.

The Challenge Founder and Chairman and the Thai businessman have started contractual discussions to take F1 in Schools forward in Thailand. Andrew Denford has appointed Chakrit “John” Thararam as in-country coordinator for Thailand. In his role, John will be undertaking instruction to enable him to run the F1 in Schools Challenge in Thailand.

Speaking of introduction Andrew Denford said, “It is a need to create Engineers of the future and to satisfy the demand of Thai industry to have better qualified and inspirational Engineers who are ready for the world of work. F1 in Schools does all of that because of the nature of the programme. We deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the classroom in a fun and exciting way. We are running in 44 countries around the world and have succeeded in so many countries and improved the quality of the students that are leaving schools.”

Plans are being made by Chakrit “John” Thararam, in-country coordinator for Thailand, for F1 in Schools to take off by locating some pilot schools and to get the initiative launched by 2017. Ultimately the plan is to get the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education in order to disseminate the programme across the whole of Thailand’s national school network.The next F1 in Schools World Finals will in be held in Austin, Texas on October 16-19, 2016 and in. fact be the 12th World Finals event with the USA hosting the event for the second time, having first welcomed the World Finals to the country in 2013.

“F1 in Schools has the support of the Formula One community worldwide and we are proud to be a part of it at Circuit of The Americas. The World Finals is a once in a lifetime experience for students that allows them to dig deeper into their intellectual curiosity and application of knowledge,” said Bobby Epstein, co-founder and chairman of Circuit of the Americas. “F1 in Schools is a challenging, fun and educational experience for students that will inspire them to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Jason Dial, President, Circuit of the Americas, adds, “We are very proud, once again, to be hosting this upcoming year’s F1 in Schools World Finals. I look forward to welcoming Champions from all over the world to Texas. See 

“I look forward to welcoming one or two Thai teams at the next World Finals event in 2017,” concluded Denford.