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Australia's Future Technicians and Engineers Race In To NTC

29-Oct-2009

Speedilicious, Zero Degrees, Rocket Jockeys...these are just some of the names of teams of high schoolers who have spent two days in October at our Castle Hill premises competing in the State Finals of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.

 

The Challenge, operated by not for profit organisation Re Engineering Australia Foundation, is inspiring young people to discover and pursue engineering and technical career paths. So far over 35000 students take part in it.

 

They use world best CAD software, virtual wind tunnel software and multi-axis hubs to design, test and make 20cm 80 kmh cars.  

 F1 in Schools came to us because of our reputation as engineers, and our ability to "punch above our weight" on the global scene.

Over two days our warehouse was transformed into a mini grand prix with pit booths, and a 25 metre race track. Engineering and verbal presentation judges were scattered around the office.

 

Twenty six teams came from the Central West, South Coast, Hunter and Maitland regions and Sydney. With names like Blue Phoenix, InF1nite, Scythe and Concept Glide.


They take it very seriously clocking up many hours in class and after school every week. Times are measured to thousandths of a second. 
Ric and Martin were flat out presenting an overview of the company a d tours to the wide eyed teenagers.

 

Pit displays featured plasma screens, concept care on turntables, strobe lights, and surround sound. They were very detailed.

 

Cars featured ruby bearings from watchmakers, hollowed out graphite axles, and even genuine Ferrari Yellow and Ferrari Red two pack paint!

 

In the end there could only be three winners to go on to the national finals at the 2010Australian Grand Prix.

 

Speedilicious, five Yr8 girls in bright pink race uniforms, who only entered the Challenge a few months ago...Zero Degrees...and the ultra smart Rocket Jockeys who must be short odds favourites to represent Australia at the next F1 in Schools world championships.

 

It was a great opportunity for us to give something back to the community, and we received some positive media exposure via REA's PR campaign.

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