By Brittany Searle:
MAGDALENE Catholic High School raced past the competition at the F1 in Schools National Final in Canberra last week.
The Gamma Rayzing team were named the National Champions of 2014 in the professional class and will travel to Abu Dhabi to compete at the World Finals in November.
Technological and applied studies teacher Ian Gorrie said the team was looking forward to taking home the trophy.
“When we head over to Abu Dhabi it will be the fourth possible year for Australia to win the World Finals,” he said.
“It will be held at the same time as the F1 Championships so the students will also have the chance to meet some of the Formula One race car drivers.”
Year 11 student and team manager Hannah Clancy said the success of the team was a result of hard work and innovation.
“I think [we won] because we’re something different,” she said.
“All the other schools are always competing in Worlds and Nationals but Magdalene is making their debut,”she said.
“We brought something different from western Sydney.”
As part of the competition, each team must gain sponsors for their project through local and international collaboration with business and organisations.
Hannah said that gaining the support of the community was essential for the success of the team.
“We’re really focusing on collaborating with other teams and getting mentoring as well as looking for ways the community can be involved,”she said.
“We couldn’t have got so far without the support we’ve got and it really is vital that we get as many people as humanly possible involved.”