Australian students win F1 in Schools World Championships
19 November 2013
The Defence Materiel Organisation’s (DMO) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Warren King today congratulated three Australian school teams on their success in the 2013 F1 in Schools World Championships held recently in Austin, Texas USA.
“An Australian team has been crowned World Champion for the third successive year, and our other Australian finalists have placed fifth and sixth in the biggest Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) competition in the world,” Mr King said.
Australia was represented by three teams in Texas, representing schools from Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, through the F1 in Schools program, run in Australia by Re-Engineering Australia.
The teams that competed under the banner of Team Australia were:
- A1 Racing, a collaborative team from Phoenix P-12 Community College in Ballarat, VIC & Pine Rivers State High School in Strathpine, QLD;
- Motion Racing from Engadine High School in Sydney, NSW; and
- Odyssey from Brighton Secondary School in Adelaide, SA who formed an international collaboration with students from Donabate Community College in Ireland.
A1 Racing took out the 2013 World Championship, the Bernie Ecclestone Trophy, and the Fastest Car award in one of the most tightly contested competitions in recent times.
Motion Racing won the award for Best Team Display and was Runner-up in the Best Verbal Presentation category, finishing fifth overall. Odyssey was awarded Best International Collaboration and Best Team Portfolio, finishing sixth overall.
“I am pleased that the DMO has been the national sponsor of Re-Engineering Australia’s F1 in Schools Program since November 2008 and continues to contribute to this exciting and successful program,” Mr King said.
“It is crucial to the future of the defence sector in Australia that high school students are made aware of career opportunities in project management, engineering and design through activities such as the F1 in Schools program.
“I am encouraged that Australian students are not only embracing the program but are excelling on the world stage.
“This program is a step towards a positive future for young Australians interested in pursuing engineering and project management careers.
“I congratulate all three teams for their commitment and passion they injected into the program. A1 Racing’s hard work has paid off with a third successive Australian win on the world stage.”
The DMO recently announced that its sponsorship of Re-Engineering Australia would be extended to support a 2014 pilot of a schools-based challenge in submarine engineering.
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