The first competition in the ‘F1 in Schools’ series, hosted by education solutions provider Sangari SA, was held at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre this past weekend. The winners were the girl’s team, Mercury Team, from Fourways High in Sandton.
Second place went to Team Wild Hogs also from Fourways High. A total of ten teams competed: Rip and Ride from Jabulani Technical High School Soweto; F1 Explorers Team, Group6 Lab, Innovative F1 Mechanics and Lama F1 Team from Aurora Girls High School Soweto; and Team Tripple Infinities, Scintilla and Team Ostentatious Assassins from Barnard Molokoane Comprehensive School Parys.
One of the judges, Gary Formato of GTC Africa, who is also an F1 race presenter on SuperSport, said the level of design and technology was of an exceptional standard.
“The quality and work that went into the design and production of the model F1 cars was impressive. Their processes follow the same as Formula One designers,” he said.
Pieter du Plessis, F1 in Schools programme manager at Sangari South Africa, said monthly competitions are planned where teams will compete on a league basis. This will culminate in the national’s race next year where the winning team will represent South Africa at the world championships.
He said registrations for schools are still open and teams wanting to participate in the regional competition can register their team and seek sponsorship to compete.
“The programme develops a true entrepreneurial spirit in students. They are required to prepare a business plan, do research and build links with industry to gain sponsorship. Students gain first-hand experience in marketing and accounting, needing to provide a complete portfolio as part of the competition,” he said.
“Registration for the programme is free for all schools in South Africa,” said Bez Sangari, MD of Sangari South Africa. “What makes the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge different is that it entails a comprehensive and inclusive learning approach. Learners engage with subjects that improve their literacy, numeracy, sport and sports science, design and technology, art and design, textiles knowledge, STEM learning, computing, and business and enterprise,” said Mr Sangari.
The competition is opened to all learners between the ages of 11 and 18 and schools wishing to enter the competition can still do so by contacting Sangari on: