School snaps: AISM students speed up to SEA F1 in schools finals

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Year 8 Design and Technology students from the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) took part in the Southeast Asia F1 in Schools Finals recently in what was an exciting and educational experience.

The competition, held at Garden International School, saw the participation of over 70 students from five international schools in Kuala Lumpur. The three teams that represented AISM won the top prizes in four of the six categories.

F1 in Schools is a global multidisciplinary challenge with over 40 countries and 20 million students taking part annually. Teams of students are required to utilise software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood and foam Formula 1 car. The challenge inspires students to use Information

Technology (IT) to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy.

AISM was presented with the Fastest Car Award, Engineering Award, Knock-Out Award, Team Identity award, and also second overall best team with the XLR8W Award among three teams of 18 students. “F1 in Schools was an incredible experience as it taught me how to use industrial standard technology to bring my ideas to life in a meaningful way,” said Year 9 student, Rishi Krishnamurthi.

This article was originally published in The Expat magazine (August 2016) which is available online or in print via a free subscription.

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