Science and the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

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The Science of F1

Formula 1 is the most spectacular motor racing sport in the world. To ensure that cars are designed, tested, and built to be super-fast as well as safe, F1 teams use their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The Australian Grand Prix and STEM Hub teamed up to create The Science of F1 educational booklet designed to inspire young minds to explore STEM subjects, and to learn how STEM shapes not only motor racing but everyday life. The booklet was designed specifically for students in grades 6 to 8 and integrates the Australian School Curriculum. 

Students learn about the science of motor racing and the skills needed by people who pursue careers in racing. Students also learn how engineers, and scientists deal with physical forces as they design full-size race cars and tracks for safety as well as speed. In the inquiry-booklet, students were given problems to solve, and asked to think of examples where the STEM based theory exists in everyday life.  

The booklet was also designed as a useful guide for teachers when planning classroom content concerning science but with real world applications. 

Booklets were handed out to students and teachers who attended the 2019 Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. We had such overwhelming demand for the publication we ran out within 2 hours. 

We’re planning on something really special for the 2020 Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix so look out for updates on our social media platforms. 

RMIT’s Vice Chancellor Martin Bean attended the event and we were humbled that he took the time to speak to us about our publication, The Science of F1, and STEM Hub’s plans for other publications, and future partnerships with outstanding organisations such as the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. 


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