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'Perfect car' puts Tumut High on track for world finals

Tumut High’s F1 in Schools team has progressed to the world finals after success at the national championships in Launceston.

Photograph of Tumut High's F1 team with their award-winning car.

Tumut High’s IOTA F1 in Schools team Andy Dodds, Corey Crain, Vincent Wood, Bronson Sutton and Ethan Parker presented a perfect car.

The team returned with a haul of awards and the chance to compete in the world finals in Singapore.

A second place overall gives them the right to contest the world finals in Singapore this September.

They will line up on the international F1 in Schools grid during the Singapore round of the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Tumut High team, named IOTA, presented one of just two competitor cars that perfectly adhered to 100% of the compliance rules.

They had the third fastest car and were also awarded:

  • best graphic design
  • best team marketing
  • best managed enterprise
  • best newcomers.

This was a remarkable success for the youngest and widest age-range team of competitors in the professional class.

F1 in Schools is about more than just fast cars.

Competitors are challenged to take charge of a simulated F1 company: designing and manufacturing a miniature F1 car that reaches speeds in excess of 80 kilometres per hour, marketing the team, developing relationships with stakeholders and sponsors and managing budgets and logistics for the competition.

It inspires students to use information technology and other skills to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, media and finance.

They meet the challenge by applying skills in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.

With improvement at the nationals over their outing at the state finals – where they were the only Riverina representative – in October last year, Tumut High hope to maintain their improvement trajectory at the world championships in Singapore.

They are already planning how to tweak their machine to meet the new world finals regulations and get it to run even more precisely.

The Tumut High IOTA team comprises Year 11 students Bronson Sutton (team manager) and Vincent Wood (marketing manager), Corey Crain (design engineer) of Year 10 and Year 9 students Ethan Parker (manufacturing engineer) and Andy Dodds (research engineer).

Technology teacher, Bill Crain coaches the team.

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