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Braemar College wins the 2020 BAE Systems Australia Autonomous Vehicle Challenge Competition

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

The competition aims to inspire students to develop their skills in STEM.

The BAE Systems Australia Autonomous Vehicle Challenge brought STEM learning out of the classroom and into the real-world by inspiring students to drive their own entrepreneurship approach to a set problem.

STEM Hub teamed up with the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix and BAE Systems Australia to design a challenge that would incorporate entrepreneurship and STEM learning. We wanted to encourage students to apply and utilise creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and STEM learning whilst becoming entrepreneurs in the process.

Secondary school students were asked to enhance current AV racing vehicles utilising the science and engineering outlined in STEM Hub's, The Science of AV booklet. The top 3 schools were selected to virtually pitch their concepts to a judging panel, no small feat.

The judging panel was comprised of industry experts Ms. Kirsty Bateman - Director of Engineering BAE Systems Australia, Mr. Nelson Evan – Engineering Manager of Production BAE Systems Australia and Professor Cees Bil - RMIT Department of Engineering and Aviation.

Finalist schools included Glen Waverley Secondary College, Braemar College and Westminster School. The competition was tough but one school stood out.

Congratulations to the winning school, Braemar College, winners of the 2020 BAE Systems Australia AV Challenge!

We'd like to thank the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and BAE Systems Australia for working with us on this amazing project. We'd also like to thank our champion teachers Mr. Chris Simpson, Mr. Mark Robinson and Mr. Phil Rawlings and their students for putting in the long hours to create outstanding pitch decks.

The BAE Systems Australia Autonomous Vehicle Challenge continues to provide a platform to showcase the benefits of STEM learning to some of the brightest minds in Australian schools.

If you missed out on this challenge, watch this space! STEM Hub, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and BAE Systems Australia are working on another awesome event ready for the 2021 F1 Australian Grand Prix.

Readers are encouraged to go to F1 Australian Grand Prix to check out their write up of this challenge.


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