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.
Each year more than 17,000 schools in 51 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.
Established in Australia in 2003, the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge is multi-faceted and multi-disciplined. It is about much more than cars, although the idea of being involved in car design has proved to be a powerful means of attracting even the most uninitiated students to discovering more about STEM.
Mimicking the world of a Formula One team, groups of students have to follow a pathway of engineering and manufacturing disciplines: design, analyse, test, make and race. They are provided with access to real-world technology such as 3D CAD/CAM/CAE engineering design software and soon become proficient in areas such as Coding, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis.
This program also aims to develop skills in problem solving, project management, communication, presentation, teamwork, innovation, self-promotion, collaboration, marketing and entrepreneurialism – which are clearly identified as aiding in the transition through high school… in demand by industries the world over… and not impacted by disruptive technologies.
F1 in Schools STEM Challenge is the most holistic STEM program in the nation.
The stories we can tell about the success of our students are remarkable. Many students engaged in F1 in Schools are offered employment by industry before completing their studies. We have had students head hunted by the Airbus Design Centre in UK and others taking up roles in Formula One teams. To say that having F1 in Schools in your resume is an advantage to attracting a highly rewarding vocation is an understatement.
Getting involved is easy. We provide a teachers guide that steps you through the process of establishing and running F1 in Schools and to assist we can connect you to your F1 in Schools regional coordinator and to teachers in your area who will be able to share knowledge, experience and resources testing.
The registration process MUST be undertaken by teachers ONLY.
For assistance with schools or team registration please email [email protected] or call 1300 204 478.
Any School delivering REA STEM initiatives within their school, irrespective of whether they intend to register teams in the competition MUST register their school by the deadline date. School Registration is FREE.
Any School wishing to enter teams into the competition must register their teams by the advertised date each year.
At events directly managed by REA, which included State and National Finals there are registration fees that apply for each team which will assist in funding the venue hire, supply of expo style booths and trestle tables (where relevant) and administration of the events.
It is each team’s responsibility to raise the sponsorship required to fund the competition phase, including Registration Fees.
Australian competition fees are:
REGIONAL FINAL TEAM PARTICIPATION FEES
All Classes: Generally Nil Cost but this is at the discretion of the Regional Hub Coordinator.
Note: Regional Finals are not run in all states.
STATE FINAL TEAM PARTICIPATION FEES
Cadet Class Teams (1-3 members): $200.00 inc. GST
Development & Professional Class Teams (3-5 members): $475.00* inc. GST
NATIONAL FINAL TEAM PARTICIPATION FEES
Development & Professional Class Teams (3-5 members): $975.00 inc GST
There are five levels of competition for F1 in Schools in Australia, these include the Mini F1 Project, Primary STEM Challenge, Cadet Class, Development Class, and finally, the flagship event, the Professional Class. Details for all of these classes can be found by clicking the button below: