F1 in Schools – We’re going to Nationals!


The F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge is the world’s largest secondary school technology program. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations. 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. Many students engaged in this program have been offered employment by industry before completing their studies… others are pursued by universities with competing scholarships… and one has even been head hunted into the real world of Formula1™ racing as an aerodynamics engineer. (https://rea.org.au/f1-in-schools/)

October 11: It certainly was an intense day for Alamanda’s F1 SLIP STREAM members – Kiara and Connor LeRoux, Henrik Stiens, Louis Jarillas, and Serena Peterson. First up was the CAD/CAM judging which went well, car scrutinising achieved a sound result and finally, the SLIP STREAM car recorded a very fast time of class1.145s placing them 2nd place overall in the fastest car in the Development class with 15 schools competing. Tomorrow is another gruelling day of judging – first up with Marketing judging, then an 8 minute verbal presentation and then a Knock Out Race. All 15 teams are of a very high standard in this year’s State Final. SLIP STREAM – They certainly have ‘created the dream’.


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