SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, AlfaSolid in Greece attended the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge Contest on May 4-5-6, 2018 at The Mall of Athens. This is one of the largest STEM school competitions in the world. At F1 in Schools competition, students learn to design and manufacture a Formula 1 racing miniature, using computer CAD design tools, CAM tools, and computer aerodynamics control programs.
Avgustinos Petavrakis, Loukas Stathatos, Panagiotis Bertsos, Stavros Spyropoulos, students of the 3rd EPAL (technical school) Sivitanidios School, excelled at the competition and won the award of the Best EPAL (technical school) Team. Their professor, Mr. Marios Krikonis, cheered on his students during the entire event, providing them the encouraged to succeed.
SOLIDWOKS and AlfaSolid thanks Marios for his active role in the field of Education and his guidance to his students in such an interesting initiative. The name of their group is “Zero Drag”. And for those who are wondering, “Zero Drag” means “Μηδενική Οπισθέλκουσα *” (Here I explain the meaning of zero drag in Greek!). The force which has the same carrier as the speed, but opposite, and occurs when moving objects in fluid.
The students used SOLIDWORKS software for the 3D design of the Formula 1 racing model, created the Drawings, and then used SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to analyze its aerodynamics. AlfaSolid’s Application Engineer, Andreas Savourdos, trained the students in SOLIDWORKS. With Andreas’ experience and help, the students designed and analyzed their model for the competition.
During the event, “Zero Drag” team, waiting for their turn to compete, they designed a key ring in SOLIDWORKS, printed it on the 3D Printer that was placed on their stand, and share it with the other contestants.
Congratulations to the students, Avgustinos, Loukas, Panagiotis, Stavros, as well as all the other members of their team. Thank you Marios and the AlfaSolid team for supporting STEM education and these young entrepreneurs and innovators. Marie