What is the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge?It is the world’s largest secondary school technology program which involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations.
Each year the world championship team is presented with the solid crystal Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools™ World Trophy.
REA Foundation has been involved in the development of the program since its inception and manages the the program in Australia and New Zealand. Each year the program engages more than 40,000 high school students in Australia and delivers industry-standard technology into schools which is made available to a further 300,000 students outside the program.
Students as young as 10 are designing, testing and making miniature F1™ cars capable of 80km/h.
But it is not about fast cars. F1 in Schools™ is a holistic action learning program which focuses on developing long term employability skills. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.
The students collaborate with many organisations, industry and higher education facilities to source knowledge and resources during the project, and we are proud to have been involved for our fifth consecutive year.
This year's winners were recently announced and we would like to congratulate all who won, as well as those who partcipated in this amazing program.
The F1 in Schools World Finals were held in Abu Dhabi and the following images are of the three Australian entires.
While the students have used the same set of underlying Bernoullian mathematics in calculating aerodynamic performance, each of the teams has ended up with a completely different outcome.
1st - World Champions - Cold Fusion - Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide SA.
Other awards included:
Best Engineered Car
Grand Prix Race Award
The Ashes Trophy ... again beating the POMS
4th - Rapid Motion - Collaboration between Engadine High School, Sydney NSW; Sachsenwaldschule Gymnasium Reinbeck, Germany
Best International Collaboration
5th - SPECTRA - Collaboration between Trinity Grammar Kew, Melbourne Vic; Kyabram P-12 College, Kyabram Vic.
CAN YOU CHALLENGE THE STUDENTS?If you are keen to give it a go and compare yourself against the students you could come along to the next F1inSchools National Final which is being held at the Avalon Airshow in February 2013 and race-off against the students.
For more information visit: www.rea.org.au