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2022 F1 Heineken Australian Grand Prix - BAE Systems Powerboat Challenge

The BAE Systems challenge returned in 2022 bringing F1® racing to the water!

The BAE Systems Australia Powerboat Challenge was open to all primary and secondary schools with an aim to provide students with an opportunity to learn about STEM in the context of motorsport and to discover various shipbuilding careers at BAE Systems Australia.

The Challenge encouraged students to use their knowledge of science principles, engineering thinking, team collaboration to solve a set problem while using an entrepreneurship approach to communicate their solution to a panel of judges.

The top 3 primary schools The Basin Primary School, Silverton Primary School, and St Kevin's Primary School battled it out on stage in front of their peers and judges from BAE Systems Australia, Mr. Ben Hudson (CEO), Mr. Andy Cornfield (CFO), and Ms. Jackie Vella Engineer), and Warrant Officer David Brown (Australian Army).

Congratulations to Justin, Harry, Jordan and Michael from St. Kevins College. The judges were particularly impressed with the team's presentation skills and knowledge of aerodynamics, friction, drag and engine choice.

It wasn't over, the stage was now set with our top 3 secondary schools, Braemar College, Glen Waverley Secondary College, and St Monica's College Epping. The all girl team - Simran, Parishi, Anna, Katrina and Aylin - from Glen Waverley Secondary College smashed it out of the park impressing the judges from BAE Systems Australia, Mr. Darren Kirby (COO), and Roulette Flt Lt Ben Price (Royal Australian Air Force). Congratulations junior STEMies!

If your school missed out on this challenge, watch this space! STEM Hub, and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation are working on another awesome event ready for the 2023 F1 Australian Grand Prix.

Readers are also encouraged to go to F1 Australian Grand Prix for future updates of events.


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