Winning formula for F1 title

Having been crowned Australia's national champions of F1 in Schools, Engadine High School is celebrating its success being named Best Collaboration Team at the F1 in Schools World Titles in Abu Dhabi.

F1 in Schools, the Formula One Technology Challenge, is an engineering and design action-learning project for students, implemented in high schools around the world.

Teams of three to five students use industry level, three-dimensional CAD/CAM and simulation technologies to design, analyse, test, manufacture and race miniature, CO2-powered, balsa wood Formula 1 cars.

International collaboration

Rapid Motion, a collaborative team comprising members from Engadine High and Sachsenwaldschule Gymnasium Reinbeck in Germany overcame the tyranny of distance to triumph.

Engadine High principal Joanne Jarvis said the Year 9 students had worked tirelessly every recess and lunch, weekends and holidays for the past nine months.

"When our boys woke in Australia, their teammates in Germany were asleep," Ms Jarvis said.

"They videoconferenced each Monday evening and Facebook was no longer just a tool for social networking but an opportunity to manage and organise their team.

"Drop Box became their virtual filing cabinet and version control system."

As an individual team, Engadine came fourth in the world.

Brighton Secondary College in South Australia, who previously were Australian national champions in the senior professional class, came first with a collaborative team from Victoria placed fifth.

Dr Mike Myers, CEO of Re-Engineering Australia, congratulated the 24 Australian students.

Hot competition

"They stepped into a competition against one million-plus students from around the world and came out winners," he said.

Talking to Adam Spencer on ABC radio, Engadine High students Evan Pignatelli and Blake Gilligan both said they wanted to go to university to study engineering, with Blake adding he'd like to be "at the top of the engineering world".

Check out the ABC interview.


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