28 November 2008

F1 in Schools

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The ACT is punching well above its weight in the F1 in Schools competition.

Students are tasked to design balsa wood ‘Formula 1’ cars, which are powered by the discharge of a CO2 cylinder (think soda siphon), and the cars race over a straight course, guided by a guy wire.

The ACT schools are able to call on some fairly highbrow engineering capabilities to build their cars, and the results speak for themselves. They are still only a piece of wood with 4 wheels attached – deceptively simple.

Trinity College in Wanniassa entered the event last year, calling on assistance from some very grass roots local businesses (my interest). They won the Canberra and Australian competitions, and came second in the world at the competition in Malaysia, earlier this year.

This years Australian events have just been concluded, and the results are excellent for local schools.

Results are shown here: http://www.rea.org.au/news/rea_news_007.html

A real good news story. Congratulations to all involved.

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An update on the 2009 competition.

Trinity again won the ACT and Australian competitions this year, the prize being a trip to the UK for the world championship.

This competition is currently taking place, and the school has won the ‘fastest car’ segment. There are engineering and presentation aspects still to be judged, with the final result to be announced tomorrow UK time.

The car can now cover 20 metres from a standing start in under 1 second!

A welcome good news story out of Tuggeranong.

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