Australian students crowned World Champion title at F1 in Schools World Final

Trinity Grammar School team Hyperdrive were crowned World Champions in Malaysia at the F1 in Schools World Finals, competing with 276 students in 51 teams from 34 nations.

Hugh Bowman (Year 11), Kyle Winkler (Year 11), David Greig (Year 10) and Alec Alder (Year 9) were presented with the World Champions Trophy by Formula 1 Chief, Chase Carey, in Kuala Lumpur. 

The students have jump-started their future STEM careers with each team member receiving student scholarships in engineering at City University of London and University College London. In addition to this, they also took home the prestigious Best Engineered Car Award and were nominated for the Research and Development Award. Chief design engineer, Kyle Winkler, was selected (one of eight) to participate in the Williams Formula One Randstad Engineering Academy – an elite training program providing access to mentorship by Williams’s race engineers, as well as experience working on real-life engineering projects.

F1 in Schools is the world’s leading Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) competition, with nine million students engaged globally.

Competing as Team Hyperdrive, the students designed and manufactured a miniature F1 car using industry-standard 3D design, CNC milling and aerodynamics software packages. Just like a real Formula 1 team, they collaborate with Industry and Universities to strive for best practice.

The trip was made possible through funding from the Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions.

Sponsorship Grants for Student Engagement and International Competitions

The grants are available to sponsor eligible students under 18 to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events in Australia and overseas.

They are an element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, a National Innovation and Science Agenda initiative.

For more information see the programme guidelines visit - Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions.

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