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.