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Students gear up for careers in STEM

TAFE Western Sydney teacher Matt Snape with Menai High School's Team Momentum

School students from participating schools across the region will soon have a chance to create their own miniature Formula 1 racing cars in the upcoming 2016 F1 in Schools competition.

A strong supporter of encouraging young students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, TAFE Western Sydney is offering to help schools with the production of their cars using the engineering facilities at Mount Druitt College.

TAFE Western Sydney Engineering Teacher and Western Sydney Coordinator for the program, Matt Snape, said that the F1 in Schools competition allows school students to try out a fascinating area of engineering which could one day lead them to a career.

“We’ve long been a supporter of this competition by being the local resource hub for schools. Students get to think through and apply concepts such as design, aerodynamics, physics, project management, 3D printing and manufacturing and have fun racing their cars against others from the region. Regional winners go on to compete at state, then national and international levels.

“Recently I was a judge at the National F1 competition held at Panther’s World of Entertainment in Penrith and it was great to see the skills that school students have gained through this competition. We’ve also had students gain an interest in engineering through this competition and then go on to further that interest at TAFE and then uni. It’s a great introduction to a career where our students can excel.”

Mount Druitt College offers training in a range of engineering disciplines including mechanical and electrical engineering, design, drafting, fitting and machining and a number of other areas. For more information about participating in the F1 in Schools competition or enrolling at Mount Druitt College, call 131 870.

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