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Model car competition builds life skills

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times

RACING other schools to the finish line, Newton Moore Senior High School scored top prizes at the F1 in Schools State Championships in Perth and will represent WA next year.

Among 15 other student teams who designed and manufactured their own model F1 car, the competition judged the engineering and innovation behind these models as well as the performance along a 20-metre track. Newton Moore teams brought home winning prizes as Year 10 and 11 student team Carbon 5 finished first in the Verbal Presentation and Innovation Award and second overall in the Professional Class along with the Year 9 team Gladiators, who received an encouragement award.

Carbon 5 team member Jordan Neill said designing and manufacturing the car had inspired him to become an engineer, while Brodie Cook said being responsible for the team’s resourcing and financial planning gave them skills to use later in life.

Head of science Lorraine Ellis said it was an outstanding STEM project which had students working in teams, developing and building on their individual strengths.

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