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Global STEM challenge tests Queensland students’ engineering, design and communication skills

28 - 30 October
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Engineering Lab, Level 1, O Block, Gardens Point campus

More than 130 Queensland students will race their own designed miniature Formula 1 cars when they take part in the Queensland State finals of the world’s largest secondary school technology programme, the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge.

To be held at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) from 28 - 30 Oct 2019, 26 teams from 10 Queensland schools will compete in the programme, run by the re-Engineering Australia Foundation in collaboration with QUT.

An educational initiative that engages more than 40,000 high school students across Australia, and nine million students worldwide, the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge sees students as young as 10 designing and manufacturing miniature F1™ cars capable of speeds up to 80km/h.

The F1 in Schools challenges students to assemble their own Formula 1 team which is then commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula 1 Car of the Future, a 21cm long scale model powered by a compressed air cylinder. At the State Finals event, each team brings a pit display, their cars and a written portfolio, having also prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The judges comprise industry professionals from engineering, marketing, project management, business communication and education sectors. 

Far from being just about building fast cars, students participating in this initiative learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills. This competition challenges students’ skills and abilities and this experience is proven to inspire and build interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

For more information on the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge, please contact Simone Long, Event Manager on or 0481 011 732.

Simone Long
QUT Science and Engineering Faculty
07 3138 4488

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