Australians take gold at the F1 in Schools 2018 World Finals
The F1 in Schools 2018 World Final is the culmination of a whopping 17,000 schools worldwide, represented by 300 students from 50 winning teams. They’re using STEM skills to design, build and race cars just like the real deal in Formula One racing.
Of those 17,000 schools, 300 students and 50 teams? Team Australia has come out on top to take the championship trophy.
What is F1 in Schools 2018?
F1 in Schools 2018 is a yearly event for high-school students from around the world. Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD), teams of 3-6 students model a miniature racing car subject to the strict standards of Formula One racing.
That model is turned into a real miniature car, powered by CO2 and attached to the track with nylon wire.
The winning team is the car that is engineered to perform the best, and it’s no easy feat.
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Who won the F1 in Schools 2018 competition?
Team Australia has come out on top with some remarkable results.
Team Horizon from Brighton Secondary Schools in Adelaide nabbed first place overall, as well as landing the prize for designing the fastest and best engineered car.
Team Zero Friction from Trinity Grammar in Kew won 8th place overall, and team Entente with students from Methodist Ladies’ College Melbourne and Haileybury won 12th place overall. Tumut High’s team Iota placed 20th.
How do I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to gather a team of keen students together. Then, get your teacher or parent to register your team.
Regional competitions are usually free to register, however not every region will have a regional comp. State and National competition entries are going to set you back anywhere from $175 – $850.
If you’ve never tried engineering before, you can enter into the Cadet (grades 5-12) or Development (grades 5-9) classes of the competition, which means you get a little more guidance along the way.
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.