Academic Matters: Formula One STEM Program – Queensland State Finals

Dr Sarah Bond, Head of Academic Talent Development

Blink, and you will miss it! With a final time of 1.2 seconds on a 20-metre track, TSS team Terminal Velocity’s Professional Class car was easily the fastest car in their division at the F1 STEM program Queensland State Finals, held in Mackay Oct 26-29. The team took home second place and awards for Best Industry Collaboration, Grand Prix winner, Knockout Round winner, Best Team Verbal Presentation and the fastest lap. Having the fastest car is just the beginning for a championship F1 STEM team, however, with car speed accounting for only 10% of the overall scoring scheme. With support from Digital Solutions teacher Mr Keshlan Chinia, F1 STEM students access technology such as 3D CAD/CAM/CAE engineering design software and soon become proficient in areas such as Coding, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Finite Element Analysis. Program components include:

  • Enterprise/Marketing Portfolio
  • Engineering Portfolio
  • Trade Booth/Presentation
  • Engineering compliance
  • Car renderings and CAD files

Teams must work together seamlessly, with each team member operating at peak capacity to achieve success. Ryan Hebdon is the Design Engineer responsible for the car’s lightning-fast speed, ably supported by Assistant Engineer Hunter Potts. Industry Relations manager Harry Lavery has secured sponsorship agreements for the team from industry leaders ANSYS and ABEC357, who will support the team with software/training and hardware, respectively. Matthew Bialocerkowski uses his expertise in graphic design to create outstanding portfolios and marketing materials, as the Marketing Graphics Manager.

Terminal Velocity brought their Trade Booth the TSS Foundation Business Breakfast, which was a great opportunity for the boys to connect with local business and industry. Mr Karel Bos, Deputy Headmaster and emcee of the event, praised the boys’ work at the QLD State finals and their professionalism and dedication to this high-level STEM competition.

Having achieved outstanding results in the QLD State Finals, Terminal Velocity have already started work to be ready for the National finals, to be held in the lead-up to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in April 2022. They look forward to competing against F1 STEM teams from around Australia and working with Formula One industry professionals in pursuit of a berth at the 2022 World Finals.

Follow the Team on Instagram: @terminal.velocity.aus

For team sponsorship opportunities, contact: [email protected]

For questions about this and other Academic Talent Development programs at the Senior School, please contact ATD Coordinator Dr Sarah Bond: [email protected]

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