Poll Position: Local students race F1 cars at UWS

F1 McLaren
A full-size replica McLaren Formula 1 racing car will be on public display as school students from across NSW race their own model F1 cars at speeds up to 80km per hour at the University of Western Sydney on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October.  Come along and join the excitement of knock out racing meet the crew at pit displays and much more.

The UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics (SCEM) will host the NSW State finals of the 2013 Australian F1 in Schools challenge on the Kingswood campus.  Over 160 students from 15 schools will come together for a two day event.  Students from high schools throughout NSW – including Greater Western and South Sydney, regional schools in Dubbo, Newcastle and Cessnock will test their knowledge and skills at the world’s largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition (STEM).

It is at this level of the competition that a full range of skills are being assessed from engineering knowledge, to pit displays including the racing of their F1 model car along a 25 metre track at speeds up to 80km per hour. The two day event however is not just about fast cars students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.

Professor Jonathan Tapson, Acting Dean of the UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, says the Australian F1 in Schools Challenge is a great opportunity for school students to broaden their knowledge and skills within the world of STEM.

“It is critically important that we foster the curiosity that young people have for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and which good science teachers continue to encourage.”

“The world is in a new era dominated by everyday technology such as smart phones, cars and computers that rely on science, engineering and mathematics.  Now more than ever we need more young students studying STEM,” says Professor Tapson.

Students, teachers and parents attending the finals will also benefit from short presentations by our UWS Student Advancement Team.  The NSW State Champion in each competition category will proceed to the National finals, held in Canberra at Parliament House in March 2014.

If you are a teacher or student attending schools within Western Sydney who is interested in participating in this event for 2014 come along and meet the organisers who can supply you with all the necessary registration details, or go online www.rea.org.au (opens in a new window), to Re-Engineering Australia Foundation.

UWS and its School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics encourages the involvement of local schools and will offer their machines to schools that may need equipment or assistance with the F1 in Schools competition for 2014.

What: F1 McLaren and F1 model racing available for public viewing 

When: Wednesday 9 October 2013, 10am – 4pm
Thursday 10 October 2013, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Building Z, Second Avenue, UWS Kingswood Campus


4 October 2013

Contact: Tanya Patterson, Media Officer

Photo supplied by: REA. 

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