Local School F1 Wizards

Filed under Cessnock LGA, Education & Childcare, News, Technology - IT - AI ~ by Press on  29 Nov 2019

Mount View students world-beaters in F1 in Schools.

A combined team of Year 11 Mount View High School and Year 10 Penrith Christian School students were 5th out of 55 schools in this year’s international final of the F1 in Schools STEM ChallengeTM.

Mount View High School and Penrith Christian School students of team “Ascension”

The final was held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

The team, named “Ascension.,” also took the coveted ‘Best Engineered Car’ award, one of the main three prizes, the others being ‘Best Innovation’ and ‘Fastest Car.’

Teams must design, test, make and race miniature F1 cars capable of 85 km/h, but they also need leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, writing and presentation skills to succeed.

The Challenge is the world’s largest secondary school technology program, whose patron is the Formula 1 motor racing organisation, hosted in Australia and New Zealand by the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation.

Principal Desley Pfeffer said the whole school is proud of the students’ achievement.

Having our students succeed in competition with high performing schools from around with world is the clearest possible demonstration of what we’re capable of,” said Ms Pfeffer.

We extend our heartiest congratulations to all the team members, the students who’ve supported them back here, and to the staff who have inspired them to such a wonderful effort.”

Last year the team, as Year 10 students, became the NSW State Champions, the second year in a row for the team and third consecutive year for the school. They took part in the Australian Championships in March this year, coming second, and arranging the combined team of nine students for the international final.

The Mount View High students – Tobias Astill-King, Ben Galvin, Fei Fei Liu and Harley Patterson return to school on Wednesday, 4th of December at 11am.

The Penrith Christian School members were Imogen Rogers, Paige Foley, Brock Stinson, Caleb Kraus and Alex Weeks.

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