St Columba

St Columba College


Getting fired-up for the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge

The F1 in Schools program is a STEM Challenge where more than 17,000 schools from 44 nations take part in manufacturing the world fastest miniature F1 car.

Students are provided with direct links to a number of industry pathways.

Mimicking the world of a Formula One team, groups of students have to follow a pathway of engineering and manufacturing disciplines: design, analyse, test, make and race. They are provided with access to real-world technology such as 3D CAD/CAM/CAE engineering design software and soon become proficient in areas such as Coding, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis.

This is the first year St Columba College has participated in such a program, which has been newly intergrated into the Design & Technology curriculum for students in Years 9 and 10. The possibilities are endless, with an eye on the State Finals in September at the Royal Adelaide Show, students are hoping to challenge some of the fastest teams in the state. Winning the state finals would then mean progression to the National Final and furthermore, the World Final.

According to the Head of Middle School, Mr Shane Dowling, the benefits of the program are numerous.

"The F1 in Schools program not only teaches the students vital STEM skills through an interdisciplinary approach but it also promotes the development of many capabilities such as personal and social skills, creativity and problems solving and collaborative and entrepreneurial skills." Mr Dowling said.

St Columba College has highly motivated and innovative teaching staff and the likes of Design Technology teacher Mr Ryan Stork, who is driving an engaging and 21st Century focused curriculum that will prepare students for the future." 

Working in conjunction with Stephen Read from Re-Engineering Australia, F1 in Schools will allow students to demonstrate their capabilities in a number of areas. The anticipation and excitement within the student body is already evident.

We graciously thank Stephen Read for taking the time to visit the College and inspire these students about this fast-paced program, possibly sparking the interest of the next Adrian Newey, Claire Williams or Ross Brawn!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

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