Students set to square off at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit

More than 30 teams from 18 schools across the UAE ready to battle it out
Students set to square off at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit
By Staff writer
Wed 10 May 2017 12:23 PM

On Saturday, 31 primary school teams from 18 primary schools in the UAE will line up on the miniature starting grid to compete in the ‘Formula Ethara’ National Finals at Yas Conference Centre’s Centre of Excellence.

This will be the third edition of the event that gets classrooms racing, using the excitement of a scale model paper race car to deliver STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) and 21st Century learning outcomes.

This Saturday will see 31 competing teams made up of either all girls, all boys or mixed gender teams from Grade 6 and below from 18 UAE schools put their engineering, technology and business skills to the test.

Formula Ethara’s panel of judges will decide on the winners based on all aspects of making, racing and promoting their own miniature paper race team car.

Once again the competition will be divided into two streams ‘Outright’ (those with previous experience of Formula Ethara finals) and ‘Rookie’ (those with new to the competition) with 14 awards on offer, which will include National Champion, among others.

Ahead of this weekend’s Formula Ethara National Finals, Paul Bray, Yas in Schools Program Manager Yas Marina Circuit, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the ‘Formula Ethara’ National Finals for its third edition. In the previous two years, the level of skill and creativity was very impressive and it will be very interesting to see what the 2017 competition will bring.”

“No matter who wins, the most important element is that the children are learning essential skills and developing new talents across STEAM subjects in a fun and unique environment. The lessons learnt during this process will resonate throughout the rest of their education and professional lives.”

Tickets are now available for the 2017 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX online at and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores.

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