Most Successful Nation In The World
Australia has stood on the podium and won awards more times than any other nation competing in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.
Team Australia was at the first F1 in Schools World Finals in 2004 placing 3rd outright and claimed the highly coveted Best Engineered Car Award.
In 2006 a team called The Stingers from Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne – the youngest competitors at the World Final – became World Champions and took out the Best Engineered Car award. They were joined by our first all-girl team Brisk In Pink who placed 5th overall and won the Most Innovative Design Award.
In 2007 the World Finals came to Australia and Team Australia placed 8th, 9th and 12th in the world as well as holding on to the Best Engineered Car Award for a 3rd time.
2008 and 2009 saw Australia dominate the competition. In ’08 Trinity Christian School from Canberra finished runners-up to the world champions and won the Best Engineered Car Award. Our other team from Barker College Sydney came third. A year later in 2009 Trinity Christian School again finished second outright and picked up the Fastest Car Award. Two other teams, from Noosa State High School and Menai High School in Sydney, were third and fourth! Plus the Best Team Portfolio, Best Pit Display and Best Collaboration Team Awards came Down Under.
A hat-trick of seconds occurred in 2010 when a team from Pine Rivers State High School in Brisbane collaborated with students from the United Arab Emirates. They also won Best Collaboration Team. Best Engineered Car Award was picked up for the fifth time in six years by a team from Phoenix P-12 College (formerly Sebastopol College) in Ballarat which came 5th outright and also won Best Team Portfolio.
Australia became world champions for the second time in 2011 when The Pentagliders from Tasmania won and took out the Best Engineered Car Award. Six times in seven years! The other team – from Sebastopol College – came 5th and won Best International Collaboration.
Australia scored a trifecta in 2012 with Cold Fusion from Brighton Secondary School, SA announced as the World Champions. To add to this achievement, they also took out the Best Engineered Car, Fastest Car and Knockout Racing Champions awards. Rapid Motion, a collaboration between Engadine High School, NSW & Sachsenwaldschule Gymnasium-Reinbeck, Germany were placed 4th and awarded Best Collaboration Team and Team Spectra a city/country collaboration between Trinity Christian School Kew VIC and Kyabram P-12 College, VIC were placed 5th!
For a full list of World Final achievements including team photos go to our World Finals page.