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Penrith Pistons at the 2018 National F1 in Schools Competition

One of the largest STEM programs in the world, the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ is the world’s foremost student competition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Five students from Penrith Christian School entered this competition in 2017 as the 'Penrith Pistons'.


Each year more than 17,000 schools in 44 nations take on the challenge of developing the world’s fastest miniature F1 car. Here in Australia approximately 22,000 students are involved each year with over ten times that being exposed to the program and having access to the same classroom technology used by the students to design and build their cars.


We were thrilled when our Penrith Pistons team made it through to the Australian National Finals held in Tasmania, from 4 - 8 March 2018. This was a fantastic achievement in and of itself, with only 26 schools from around Australia making it to this stage (6 from NSW).


We are pleased to announce that the team won the National Knockout competition and provided team member, Samuel Morley, with an undefeated record through the Regionals, State Final and National Final competitions.


Two of our students Samuel Morley and Mickayla Watts were also requested by the Judges for interviews for male and female STEM awards (Samuel for Engineering and Mickayla for Women in STEM).


The school is very proud of the achievements of this team:

  • Robert Hodge (Year 11): Team leader

  • Teagan Bowler (Year 10): Resource & Marketing Manager

  • Mickayla Watts (Year 11): Graphic Designer

  • Samuel Morley (Year 11): Design Engineer

  • Imogen Rogers (Year 9): Manufacturing Engineer


I would also like to acknowledge the teachers involved in supporting the Penrith Pistons team (Mr Rob Moor and Ms Alisa Hayden), as well as the enthusiastic 'virtual cheer squad' comprising parents and the PCS school community, via live video links.


To watch some of the action, go to: https://youtu.be/TXORFbRhUfY?t=8h50m11s


Mr Martin Bishop


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