As part of the Hunter STEM Festival, the Hunter Regional F1inSchools final was held at The Forum at University of Newcastle. F1inSchools™ is the Worlds Largest Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Competition.
For the competition, students design, test and make miniature F1™ cars capable of speeds up to 80km/h.
F1inSchools™ 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. The competition is open to all Secondary Students.
The competition was supported by Regional Development Australia Hunter's ME Program, Re-engineering Australia Foundation and The University of Newcastle.
Prof Tim Roberts from the Tom Farrell Institute was a judge at the competition again this year and said it was a "really great event".
Engagement activities like the F1inSchools™ program have been proven to have a lasting impact on student engagement in STEM and should lead to more young people entering into the STEM professions.