Accelerated Learning!

2020 03 11 f1 national finals web 01Two awards…third fastest race time…4th overall! This was the amazing record achieved by our F1 in Schools team, Frontier Racing, at the National Finals in Melbourne.

On our first ever trip to the Best Of The Best shootout – which attracted the top 36 teams from across the nation – Pacific Hills made its presence felt.

Jemma Swaak, Lachlan Voss, Lachlan George, Joshua Kan and Sam Kirkegard from Year 12 experienced the highest level of competition in what has become the biggest Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics program in Australia, as well as #1 in the world. More than nine million teenagers from 51 nations compete. Here, in Australia, over 25,000 teenagers are involved.

They received the Best Newcomers Award and the Bosch Award for Excellence in Team Branding. That special award came from the event host, the global manufacturer Robert Bosch. The National Finals took place over three days at their national headquarters. Engineers Australia provided an award for Women In STEM and Jemma was a Top Five finalist!

2020 03 11 f1 national finals web 03Our students had formed a team akin to Formula One with a manager, design engineers, a person in charge of manufacturing and resources, and someone to look after marketing. They designed, made, tested and raced a miniature F1-style racer which accelerates to 80 KM/H in less than two seconds! Their best time on the track was a sizzling 1.026 seconds!!! Race times were separated by hundreds or thousands of a second.

They pushed themselves to new limits to master engineering processes and formulae, along with industry-standard software and equipment. Employers would be pleased to know that not only is this an engineering-manufacturing program, it includes sought after “soft skills” including teamwork, problem solving, time management and communication. In addition to car speed and innovation, our students were judged on their presentation skills and ability to work together.

Re-Engineering Australia Foundation, the not for profit organisation which operates hi-tech STEM programs, is in the process of selecting schools for Team Australia to go to the World Finals. Australian schools have a strangle hold on this competition. Our tally is 6 world championships, 5 runners-up, 3 third places, the reigning world speed record (0.916 seconds), 8 Best Engineered Car Awards and 6 Fastest Car Awards! Will Frontier Racing be chosen???!

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