2014 - 2015 was the first year that Montana was involved in the F1 in Schools Challenge. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) and the Montana Office of Public Instruction hosted the State F1 in Schools Competition on the Montana Tech Campus in Butte. Special Thanks to Mary Ellen Earnhardt for all she did to make this happen.
Montana schools participating in this event included; Blackfeet Learning Academy, Corvallis, Harlem, Hays-Lodge Pole, Hot Springs, Libby, Noxon, Plains, Rocky Boy and Ronan to name a few.
The Harlem team - Harlem United - chose "Racing for a Cure" as their theme. Team members are co-team leaders Franki Taylor and Jazzamyn Benson; design engineer Damon Adams; manufacturing engineer Darrius Kulbeck; resources manager Terron Gray; 3D printing specialist Sheldon Shields; graphics designer Shailee Fetter; and finish and assembly specialist Adrian Kulbeck. Each team was judged in five different categories: Engineering Design, Portfolio Design, Pit Display, Verbal Presentation and Fastest Car.
The Harlem United team did extremely well as their car was only .02 seconds from being the fastest vehicle. Harlem United won first-place trophies for best engineering design and best pit display, as well as scoring most total points to earn the grand champion trophy. Advisors and mentors of the Harlem United team are Craig Todd and Briayan Flores. As winner of the state competition the Harlem United team has the opportunity to compete at the national level at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, May 15-16. The rookie team represented the Harlem and Fort Belknap Communities well by bringing home a National F1 in Schools Trophy for Best Portfolio Design.
We are posting the new webpage in preparation of the 2015-2016 season with will begin in September. The Harlem United Team looks forward to another exciting year. They have their sites set on making it to the World Championships this upcoming year. We will again be looking for TEAM sponsors to help make this all possible. If we qaulify for the World Championships it will an experience to be remembered, but also extremely expensive. We look forward to your continued support.
We are also hoping to form another F1 team this year. It requires alot of time and dedication, but just ask any Harlem United team member, they will tell you it is worth all the effort. If you are interested in being on a new F1 in Schools team at Harlem HS, please contact Mr. Todd or Mr. Flores.