F1 in Schools STEM competition

17 Sep 2018 speech

Ms FLINT (Boothby) (16:08): I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate team Horizon, from Brighton Secondary School, who were last week crowned F1 in Schools world champions from a pool of 20 countries and more than 20 million competitors. F1 in Schools is the biggest STEM competition in the world, where teams are required to design, manufacture and race a miniature Formula 1 car as well as market a supporting team brand.

Horizon from Brighton Secondary School, in my electorate of Boothby, travelled to Singapore to compete at the world championships following their success at the national championships in Tasmania. As well as being crowned Australian national champions, Horizon took out a range of awards including Best Engineered Design, Best Manufactured Car and Best Team Portfolio. Brighton Secondary School has been competing in the F1 in Schools World Finals since 2012 and their achievements are a great credit to the school led by Principal Olivia O'Neill, teachers and, of course, the students.

I congratulate the members of this year's team: James Gurney, Luke Battjes, James Lloyd, JJ Elliss, Tom Lightfoot and Luka Moase for their hard work and outstanding results. The team will be recognised with scholarships to City, University of London, and UCL Engineering. They will also attend the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix this year, where they will receive a new Formula 1 F1 in Schools trophy on the podium at the Marina Bay circuit. Mr Deputy Speaker, I'm sure you'll join with me in congratulating these very talented young people.