Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly yesterday congratulated teams from across Australia who have been crowned as National Champions in the F1 in Schools competition.
The winning teams represented Brighton Secondary School from South Australia and Engadine High School from New South Wales.
The finals of the F1 in Schools competition were held in conjunction with the Avalon International Air Show and the Australian National Champions will now progress to the World Championships to be held in Texas in November this year.
The F1 in Schools program is an international initiative that encourages high school students to design, develop and build futuristic model Formula One race cars.
“Australian teams have an enviable record in the World Championships and I am sure this year’s teams will do us proud on the world stage,” Dr Kelly said.
Australian teams have been crowned World Champions for the past two years running, and three times in the event’s short history.
Dr Kelly said F1 in Schools, run in Australiaby the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation, has proven to be a great way to get Australian students interested in engineering as a career path. The program is team-based and has involved thousands of high school students from across Australiain a structured engineering design project based on the development of a model Formula One Racing Car.
The Defence Materiel Organisation has been the national sponsor of the F1 in Schools program since 2008, he said.
“Australia needs engineers and other technical specialists to design, produce and maintain the equipment that our Australian Defence Force needs,” Dr Kelly said.
“That’s why Defence is proud to sponsor this exciting program.”
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