A group of Australian students have taken out the Formula One in School World Title for the third year in a row. The Australian Formula one model making team beat out 37 other international teams.
Now many of us including myself think model -making and picture painted small cars that sit on a shelf, in this case this could not be further from the truth. The Australian team that competed in Texas, America was made up of six teenage students – Beau Geiskins, Jacqui Cunninghame and Luke Meredith from Pine Rivers State High, and Dylan Sexton, Ben Marshall and Sam Young from Phoenix P-12 Community College, Ballarat.
These student built a 21cm long scale model, of an Formula One racing car using 3D solid modelling software. Certainly some high-tech stuff, the Formula One in schools program is actually run by the Re-engineering Australia foundation in collaboration with the Queensland’s Government’s Gateway to Industry schools program and industry development organisation QMI Solutions. The competition calls on students from across the globe to design, manufacture and race the fastest miniature Formula One car.
Not only did the students have to race there models down a 20m track, they also had to prepare a modern pit display, verbal presentation and portfolio for the event.
Leanne Hixon, the Queensland Government’s Gateway Schools Manager for Manufacturing and Engineering had high praise for the skills level of the students and the program itself.
“It’s just incredible to see these students learning university-level engineering skills while on this program, to see them pit their skills against the best teams in the world and win is just amazing, and really inspiring for students considering work in the engineering and manufacturing industries.”
The Australian team took home many prizes including trophies and scholarships to the University of London Automotive Engineering Course.
Joining the Australian team – A1 Racing on the podium for there Formula One car models and presentations were the runners-up Allegiance Racing from the USA, and Unlimited Acceleration from Germany, who stood in third place.
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