The ‘F1 in Schools Technology Challenge’ is the world’s largest secondary school Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) competition. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations. Students as young as 10 design, test and make miniature F1 cars capable up to 80km/h, propelled by a CO2 canister that must reach the end of a 20m track.
The team from Mt. View High School in Cessnock, called ‘Pentessellate’, have won multiple awards throughout 2016 and 2017 in the Hunter Valley and will be representing NSW in April 2018 at the Nationals in Launceston.
All teams are required to produce a team name, logo and brand, the students make their own merchandise and uniforms. Not only do they race the cars but they also display their work, including a portfolio and a verbal presentation.
Their work will be reviewed by other competitors, members of the public and event sponsors. These people range widely in age and experience, from students to certified engineers.
Most importantly judges will be there to watch the race and record all results, and then announce the ongoing winners. If Pentessellate succeed, they will represent Australia at the 2018 World Finals in Singapore.
Hedweld are proud Gold Sponsors of the Mt View High School Pentessellate F1 Team, supporting the scientists and engineers of tomorrow while demonstrating interest in sustaining Australia’s advanced manufacturing future.
Photo caption: Hedweld Managing Director Ian Hedley and Chairman Alan Broome present the Pentessellate Team a sponsorship cheque. Team members: Billie Taylor – Team Manager, Ben Galvin – Graphics Designer, Fei Fei Webster – Design Engineer, Harley Pattison – Production Manager and Tobias Astill-King – Resource Manager.