The F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge is the world’s largest secondary school technology program. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations. Penrith Christian School's team in 2016 was Flight360.
The patron is Formula1™ supremo Bernie Ecclestone along with the Formula1™ teams who are co-patrons.
Students as young as 10 are designing, testing and making miniature F1™ cars capable of 80 km/hr.
But, it is not about fast cars. F1 in Schools™ is a holistic action learning program which focuses on developing long term employability skills. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.
Many students engaged in this program have been offered employment by industry before completing their studies. Others are pursued by universities with competing scholarships. And one has even been headhunted into the real world of Formula1™ racing as an Aerodynamics Engineer.
Professional Junior Class (Year 9) - VECTORY
This was our youngest team to compete in this event at professional level.
The team won the Western Sydney Regional Finals and then placed third in the NSW State Final beating 14 senior professional teams even though they were only in the Junior Professional Class. A huge result for the team.
VECTORY placed third in the Australian National F1 in Schools Final (held from 11 to 15 of March 2019), behind Team Evolve (Trinity Grammar School – Kew) and Team Pentessellate (Mount View High School), both Senior Professional teams. This was an amazing result, as Team VECTORY finished in front of seven Senior and eight Junior Professional teams from across Australia.
This result elevates the team to being the Number One Junior Professional team in Australia. Team VECTORY now move on to the World Finals to be held in Abu Dhabi later in 2019.
Imogen Rogers (Team Leader)
Paige Foley (Marketing and Resources)
Brock Stinson (Design Engineer)
Caleb Kraus (Engineer Analysis)
Alexander Weeks (Manufacturing Engineer)
Cadet Class Junior (Year 7)
This was our first Cadet class in the F1 in Schools competition. The team of five students had to be split into two teams as there was a maximum of 3 per team. The two team names were G-Force and Light Speed. Both teams progressed through to the Western Sydney Regionals and competed at the NSW State Final.
(Won the Fastest Lap)
(Placed Second in the State; Won Best Team poster; Won Best engineered car)
Professional Senior Class - Penrith Pistons
Our second year in the competition and the Penrith Pistons made it through to the National Final on only our second attempt.
Incredibly, the team won the National Blue Ribbon event ‘Knock Out’ Champions in Launceston, Tasmania.
Samuel Morley competed in the reaction time races ‘Knock Out’ event from the Regionals through to the Nationals, undefeated, Amazing!
Robert Hodge (Team leader)
Teagan Bowler (Resource & Marketing Manager)
Makayla Watts (Graphic Designer)
Samuel Morley (Design Engineer)
Imogen Rogers (Manufacturing Engineer)
Professional Senior Class - Flight 360
This was our very first team to compete in the F1 in Schools competition. The team made it through the Regionals and competed at the NSW State Final. Truly the trail blazers for all proceeding teams.