17,000 schools across 44 countries raced again year in the F1 in schools competition. It’s an annual comp that challenges students to put their engineering, design and teamwork skills to the test in developing miniature race cars that can accelerate to 80 kilometres an hour in under 1 second.
The F1 in schools 2019 National Finals
This year’s competition saw some old favourites returning for another chance to claim the top titles, and some newcomers making waves with impressively quick designs.
This year’s top prize winner was team Evolve from Trinity Grammar School in Kew, Victoria. Trinity Grammar School has a long history of taking home both national and world final titles, with team Stingers (2005) and team Hyperdrive (2017) both landing prizes at a global level.
Team Evolve was one of 17 teams from 5 states across Australia competing at the Professional level. Judges determine a winner by scoring finalists against 13 categories: innovation, design, use of computer software, collaboration with industry, engineering excellence, technical portfolio, pit display, verbal presentation and car speed. Team Evolve blitzed the judging categories, winning first place scores in three of the eight categories they were finalists in. The team members will be flying to Abu Dhabi to compete in the 2019 F1 in Schools World Championships.
You don’t have to have a history of winning at your school to walk away a winner, and the Developmental class is evidence of that. Two of the winners at the developmental level were newcomers to the competition: Blue Mountains Grammar School, winners of the Development class and Gold Coast Christian College, which came a close second to them. Penrith Christian School, also managed to score 3rd in the Professional class.
2019 F1 in Schools National Finals results
Here are all the winners from the 2019 National Finals across both Developmental and Professional classes.
- 8th – Velocity – St Francis Xavier College
- 18th – Spear Head Racing – Alfred Deakin High School
- 1st – Thrust Vector – Blue Mountains Grammar
- 4th – Impro Racing – Mount View High School
- 10th – M.K.B.D. Racing – Cessnock High School
- 2nd – Pentessellate – Mount View High School
- 3rd – Vectory – Penrith Christian School
- 8th – Sine Wave Racing – St Phillips Christian School
- 10th – Vertex Racing – Fort Street High School
- 2nd – Dark Matter – Gold Coast Christian College
- 14th – Dynamic Flow – Mackay Christian College
- 15th – Veloce – Brisbane State High School
- 4th – Quantum Overload – Mackay North State High School
- 7th – Vivacity – Gold Coast Christian College
- 14th – Team Tachyon – Brisbane State High School
- 3rd – Beyond – Brighton Secondary School
- 5th – Lickety Split – Adelaide High School
- 11th – Tachyonic Racing – Charles Campbell College
- 12th – Quantum – Cardijn College
- 17th – Apex – Westminster School
- 7th – Celetas – Queechy High School
- 11th – Red Spites Racing – Kings Meadows High School
- 13th – Ambition – Queechy High School
- 6th – Ayaks – Trinity Grammar School, Kew
- 9th – Entity Racing – Haileybury College
- 13th – Conquest Racing – Alamanda K-9 College
- 1st – Evolve – Trinity Grammar School, Kew
- 5th – Catalyst – Trinity Grammar School, Kew
- 9th – Trident Automotive – Haileybury College
- 15tyh – Slipstream Racing – Alamanda K-9 College
- 12th – Team Nexus – Wesley College
- 16th – La Vitesse – Newton Moore Senior High School
- 17th – Schnell Racing – Eaton Community College
- 5th – Nebular Racing – Wesley College
- 16th – Synthesis – Wesley College
- 18th – Team Raptors – Balga Senior High School
Author: Eliza Brockwell
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