The REA 'F1 in Schools' project is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of 3 – 5 students from Years 7—12 use real world 3—Dimensional CAD/CAM technologies to design, test, manufacture and race miniature CO2 powered balsa wood Formula 1 cars.
Initiated and funded by Sutherland Business Education Network (BEN), the project has been established as a way of generating interest in Engineering and Manufacturing related trades and professions. It was introduced to Year 8 Design and Technology students under the guidance of Mr Ray Treloar and Mrs Kaye Denham and is supported by Sandra Zantides from the SAS staff.
Engadine High school has been involved in the project from its inception and has historically shown superior workmanship and design in both the car and marketing.
In 2008 - Silver Lightning and Zero Degrees entered at Regional level and both teams advanced through to State. Zero Degrees won fastest car in NSW.
In 2009 Zero Degrees was first at the State final held in October 2009. The students competed in the National Finals at the Melbourne Grand Prix in March 2010. The team Fire Hawks were a junior team competing at Regionals for the first time.
The team consisting of Years 9 and 10 students, Ben, Eddie, Josh, Stephen and Alec travelled to Melbourne in March to race their cars at the Grand Prix, Albert Park Circuit. The wheels invented by Ben, have been analysed by Caltex and a professor at the University of Wollongong.
In 2010 a new team was formed from past teams to compete as Turbine Racing. Ben, Josh and Sean competed at Regional and State level and were awarded fastest car in the Professional Senior class with a time of 1.090 sec. The world record time is 1.02 sec. The junior team, EHS Racing performed well for their first time in the competition.
In 2011 two development class teams were entered. One team was called Singe and the other Rapid Racing. Rapid Racing won through to the Regional Championships that were held in August. Having experienced success, they competed at the State Championships in November and were pleased to be awarded runners up in the development class and obtained a wild card entry to the National Championships that were held in Adelaide in March 2012.
Teams are encouraged to make links with local and global industries. The school would especially like to thank local businesses for financial support including Renex, Helensburg Car Services, Sutherland Mower Centre, B.J T-shirts, Tackle World, and Quick Handyman Service for making the fantastic Pitt area, Alumac, Engadine Radiators, McFarlane for building the wheels, and Enware for transporting the pit to Melbourne. They also received collaborative support from the University of Wollongong (Engineering Department), Purnell Bros Motors, Tyco Electronics, GT Motorsports, Hire Navigator, AVX Technologies and CST Composites.
In 2012, a team of five Year 9 boys competed at the National Titles in Adelaide and became Australian National Champions in the Development Class section! We collaborated with a team from Germany under the new name of Rapid Motion, and competed at the World Titles in the Professional Class Division in Abu Dhabi, achieving 4th place out of 33 teams and winning the award for 'Best Collaboration team." We came in the top 5 in all categories.
Also in 2012, Motion Racing, a team of Year 9 students (three boys and two girls), won the regional finals and competed at the NSW State Finals. They won seven of the nine awards and became State Champions.
In 2013, Motion Racing, competed at the National Finals in Melbourne in February 2013. They won the Senior Professional Class (even though they competed in the Junior Professional Class) and went on to represent Australia at the World Titles in Texas in November 2013. In a stunning result, they came 5th in the world (out of 38 teams). They also won 'Best Pit Display' and were finalists in best verbal presentation and best portfolio. They reached the quarter finals of knockout racing.
Click below to a link for a front page news story in the Department of Communities newsletter!
Engadine High School on Channel 10 for becoming National Champions in 'F1 in Schools' . Click on the link below and type the words 'Engineers Wanted' into the Channel Ten playlist tab and it will take you to the story.
Click on this link to go to the new Rapid Motion web page. http://www.teamrapidmotion.com/
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Rapid Racing Photos - Nationals 2012
Rapid Racing Photos - State 2011