Wesley College students ready to tackle F1 in School Technology Challenge


Year 9 and 11 students James Gibson, Calan Shanahan, Reuben Kern, Jesse Bright-Kerr, Riley McGlue, Jon Allard, Josh Troy and James McMullen with their Formula 1 cars.
Year 9 and 11 students James Gibson, Calan Shanahan, Reuben Kern, Jesse Bright-Kerr, Riley McGlue, Jon Allard, Josh Troy and James McMullen with their Formula 1 cars.

EIGHT Wesley College students will compete today for national glory at The F1 in School Technology Challenge in Launceston, Tasmania.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is an annual event involving students from WA, Australia and the world, racing it out to see whose custom-made mini F1 car is the fastest and the best.

The competition requires students to design, build and race a replica F1 car between 17 and 21 cm long over a distance of 20m.

Year 11 students Josh Troy, Jon Allard and James McMullen in Team Alfa, and Year 9 students Riley McGlue, Jesse Bright-Kerr, Reuben Kern, James Gibson and Caelan Shanahan in Team Nebula Racing, were named state champions in their respective divisions in the WA leg of this global event last year.

“F1 in Schools is the world’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition, so for us to be a part of Nationals in our first year competing is really amazing,” Riley McGlue said.

James McMullen said as teams they compete to challenge themselves in a competitive environment and develop new skills in areas such as marketing, teamwork, design and management.

Wesley College has an illustrious history participating in the F1 in Schools program for more than 10 years, having been selected for the National Finals every year to date.

Winners at this year’s nationals will go on to represent Australia at the Worlds in September.

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