MEDIA RELEASE - Racing Cars Spark Interest in Manufacturing and Engineering
8 September 2008
The Inaugural F1 in Schools Technology Challenge Macarthur Region Finals will be held at the Campbelltown College of TAFE on Friday 12 September 2008.
The event will see teams of high school students from four schools across the Macarthur Region race miniature powered balsa wood Formula 1 cars that they have designed, tested and manufactured themselves using real world engineering and CAD/CAM technologies.
F1 in Schools aims to address skill shortages in the design, engineering, auto/aerospace, marine, manufacturing, building and construction and other ICT technology based industries.
MACROC has been a long-time advocate of the F1 in Schools Project. As Cr Rob Elliott, MACROC President explains, ”Skills shortages are a major impediment to economic development and MACROC wants to ensure that we do everything we can to help to address this issue! We were delighted when the Greater Economic Development Board suggested to us that Macarthur might like to participate in this unique program.”
The program relies on strong links between industry partners and schools, TAFE and Universities to create a successful and unique school industry partnership training initiative.
The winning junior and senior teams from Macarthur will go on to the NSW State Finals and if successful, to the National Finals in Canberra. The two national champion teams will be sent to England to compete in the F1 in Schools World Championships!
Rob Elliott, President
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