F1 Team Qualifies For National Finals

Aberration F1 Team Qualifies National FinalsFor the second year in a row, students from Pacific Hills will compete at the National Finals of the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge.

This is a major feat, considering that the School is so new to this international competition, having entered its first team in 2019.

The team of students called Aberration designed and made a futuristic race car and had to produce engineering portfolios, a decorative pit display, a verbal presentation and team branding. They gathered enough points to finish second outright at the State Final - thus guaranteeing them a place at the Nationals.

Aberration's slippery aerodynamic design earned them the coveted Grand Prix Award.

Their car was timed on a 22-metre computer controlled race track and its best GP time was a sizzling 2.295 seconds.

Across the many judging areas they amassed 706 points which was just 61 behind the eventual winner.

The School's second entry, Pandora, is an all-girl team. They competed in the Cadet category and finished 6th. Their car recorded a Grand Prix time of 2.667 seconds which was 5th fastest. Their tally of points (136) was just 45 behind the Cadet winners.

Aberration won't be alone when they journey to Melbourne next March for the National Finals. Our students who performed so well at last year's National showdown (a team called Frontier Racing, which has since merged with another school to become Celestial) will be in the same city representing Australia at the World Finals of F1 in Schools.

Special thanks go to teachers Gloria Quee and Greg Conway for their support of the students in this exciting STEM program.