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Etihad Airways supports Cyprus Six & Plus team for the 2nd consecutive year

07 April, 2014

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates will be for the second consecutive year the proud sponsor of the Six & Plus Cyprus team competing in the national student competition «Cyprus F1 in Schools 2014». Six & Plus team from Saint George’s High School in Larnaca will seek to win the national competition and progress to the finals of the F1 in Schools™ World Challenge taking place this year in Abu Dhabi.

«Six & Plus» team is participating for the second time in this competition, having excelled last year’s nationals and travelled with Etihad Airways to Austin, Texas in the US representing Cyprus at the F1 in Schools™ World Challenge finals.

F1 in Schools™ World Challenge was introduced in the UK in 2000 and has since expanded to more than 30 countries, reaching over 17.000 students around the world. The project challenges students to create an F1 team. The team has to design, construct and race the fastest miniature F1 car of the future. Each team also creates a ‘pit display’ and showcases their work in developing their race car, with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track. The record time of 1.02 seconds was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals.

Each of the Six & Plus team members from Saint George’s High School in Larnaca were chosen to join the team after displaying remarkable knowledge in engineering, design, marketing and management. The Six & Plus team members are: Andreas Koumenis (Leader, Manufacturing Engineer), George Constantinou (Design Engineer), Mira Skarou (Marketing and Communication Manager), Vasilis Mavraganis (Graphic Designer), Marina Louka (Resources Manager), Sophia Tsilides (Resources Manager) and Constantinos Lekakis (Coordinator Teacher, Mechanical Engineer).

Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried nearly 12 million passengers. Etihad Airways operates a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Cyprus. It is configured to carry 140 passengers, with 20 seats in business class and 120 in economy class. Flight EY093 flies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It departs from Abu Dhabi at 09:25 and arrives in Larnaca at 12:50. The return flight, EY094, departs from Larnaca at 14:35 and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 19:30 local time.
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F1 in Schools™
F1 in Schools™ is a not for profit company established with committed partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. The global F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, which takes place in over 30 countries, aims to help change perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Maths (STEM) by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, science, marketing, technology and Formula One. The best young engineers, business minds and designers, (students 9 - 19 years of age), from over 30 countries come together at the F1 in Schools World Finals to race their cars, present their designs, 'pit' displays and engineering innovations to compete for the Bernie Eccelstone World Champions Trophy.
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