The F1 in Schools program isn't just about the thrill of competition and racing – it's a fun way to pique young students' interest in science, mathematics, and engineering in a safe and creative environment. The Jubilee Center for Excellence in Education (JCEE) introduced F1 in Schools to Jordan, and the program is a fan favorite of students across private and public schools around the kingdom. Though Formula 1, students push themselves to complete complex engineering challenges, learning through experience in a team-centric environment.
Saturday, May 10th marked the fourth annual F1 in Schools National Competition, organized and administered by JCEE each year. The championship takes place in over 40 countries, and Jordan's event brought together youth from seven schools, allowing for an exchange of ideas and resources between both students and school administrators. Over the past four months, students were hard at work brainstorming designs for model cars that maximize their speed and precision, which are then recreated in a physical model and presented in several intense challenges. The Jubilee School took first place in this year's competition, followed by Mashreq School and Amman National School.
F1 in Schools introduces a wide range of practical skills and challenging subjects that are underrepresented in the national curricula. Even beginning with the design process, F1's activities strengthen students' computer skills in orthographic drawing and 3D rendering, and presenting the finish model teaches students communications and marketing skills. Perhaps most importantly, the way that F1 in Schools approaches engineering, math, and science trains students to ask "Why does this work?" rather than "Why should I memorize this?" A focus on inquiry-based learning and learning through experience not only hones practical skills that will be useful after graduation, but also shapes the minds of Jordan's youth into solution-oriented future leaders that are ready to take on the world's complex engineering challenges.