Local Schools Win Big in STEM Competition, Move on to Nationals - Several Texas Schools Competed in Regional Competition at Local Grand-Prix Racetrack

This past weekend, six Texas schools and more than 50 students traveled to SAE International’s F1 in Schools regional event at the Circuit of The Americas track, to race a miniature Formula OneTM car they had designed and built in the classroom.

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This is SAE’s third regional competition this year, following events in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and we continue to see enthusiasm from the students and volunteers,” said Chris Ciuca, Director of Pre-Professional Programs, SAE International.

WARRENDALE, Pa. (PRWEB) March 27, 2013

This past weekend, six Texas schools and more than 50 students traveled to SAE International’s F1 in Schools regional event at the Circuit of The Americas track, to race a miniature Formula OneTM car they had designed and built in the classroom.

This regional competition challenged high school students to form teams to take part in a real world engineering initiative that creates a fun and motivating environment where students engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. The activities took place in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 23 at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack and multi-purpose facility.

“This is SAE’s third regional competition this year, following events in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and we continue to see enthusiasm from the students and volunteers,” said Chris Ciuca, Director of Pre-Professional Programs, SAE International. “These students are gaining hands-on experience in the engineering process and will become a positive influence in the STEM education movement.”

The teams designed a model Formula One Car using 3D CAD software and then manufactured their model using CAM software and a CNC machine. They raced the cars as well as conducted a verbal presentation and an engineering interview.

Each team was judged based on the safety, aerodynamics, engineering, aesthetics, quality and manufacturing, race times, pit display, portfolio and verbal presentation. After the teams raced their model F1 cars, the judges deliberated and identified winners for various categories, including overall winner, best portfolio, fastest car, best verbal presentation and more (see full list on page 2).

The top three teams in each section are eligible to move onto the U.S. National Competition at Michigan International Speedway on May 10 – 11. The national competition provides the platform for U.S. teams who qualify to attend to compete for the chance to travel to the World F1 in Schools Competition to represent the United States. This year’s world competition in November will also take place in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about SAE International’s F1 in Schools competition: http://f1inschools.sae.org/.

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SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

SAE International’s F1 in Schools - Texas Regional Results
Sat, March 23, 2013
Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas

Grand Champion    
Team Nova    
PSJA Southwest High School/PSJA ISD

2nd Place Overall    
Axium Racing    
Granbury High School/Granbury ISD

3rd Place Overall    
Talon Racing    
Akins High School/Austin ISD

Fastest Car     
Talon Racing    
Akins High School/Austin ISD

Best Engineered Car    
Axium Racing    
Granbury High School/Granbury ISD

Best Pit Display    
RED SHIFT    
Pflugerville High School/ Pflugerville ISD

Best Portfolio    
Team Nova    
PSJA Southwest High School/PSJA ISD

Best Team Sponsorship/Marketing    
Team Nova    
PSJA Southwest High School/PSJA ISD

Best Verbal Presentation    
Team Nova    
PSJA Southwest High School/PSJA ISD

Best Team Identity    
Team Nova    
PSJA Southwest High School/PSJA ISD

All participating schools: Granbury High School, Akins High School, Reagan High School, Pflugerville High School, John B. Connally High School, PSJA Southwest High School


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