F1 in Schools Technology Challenge state finals held at Tailrace Centre

Launceston’s Tailrace Centre lived up to its name on Thursday, hosting the annual F1 in Schools Technology Challenge state finals. 

Thirteen teams from five schools put their STEM skills to the test as part of the contest, which requires students to make miniature formula one cars to race on a 25 metre track.

Categories include professional, development and cadet, with teams judged on trade displays, verbal presentation, branding, engineering and the car itself.

Bell Bay Aluminum sponsored the challenge and are gearing up to host the national finals in Launceston next March. Community relations specialist Lou Clark said determined students were not the only element of a successful team.

“This competition really requires passionate STEM teachers, as well as support from schools,” she said.

“Students are working on their cars in lunch breaks and after school, so it is something they have to make time for.”

There are two Tasmanian teams heading to the World F1 finals this week.