Education - F1 in Schools

Bell Bay Aluminium has invested more than $250,000 introducing and developing the highly acclaimed  F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge in Tasmania.

The F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge is the world’s largest secondary school technology program. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations.F1 in Schools™ is a holistic action learning program which focuses on developing long term employability skills. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.

The state-of-the-art technology hubs supported by Bell Bay Aluminium, currently operate at Brooks High School and Ulverstone High School and feature 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software called CATIA, desktop sized smoke and wind tunnels, a computerised NC router and an electronic 25-metre race track. Students use this technology - the same as currently used by the real F1 teams and vehicle manufacturers - to design, make, market, test and race miniature F1 style cars.

The gas powered cars are capable of speeds exceeding 80 kilometres per hour and can cover the track in less than 1.5 seconds.

In 2011 this internationally acclaimed program realised a world champion performance from a local team, The PentaGliders. The team included  Bell Bay Aluminium apprentice, Nathan Clark. The Pentagliders, defeated entrants from 17,000 schools across 31 countries to become the winners of the 2011 Formula One Technology Challenge in Malaysia.

Bell Bay Aluminium is delighted that our contribution to the F1 in Schools programme has assisted such a wonderful outcome. The Bell Bay smelter has a long and proud tradition of investing in opportunities for Tasmania’s youth. 

The F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge is staged annually in Northern Tasmania in September or October.