How Sponsoring High School Students is an Investment in the Future of Manufacturing, Engineering and Trade Skills
Multicam CNC Routing Systems has a long association with schools, colleges, universities and trade training facilities throughout Australia and it is especially pleasing to see these talented young ladies taking on engineering and manufacturing subjects, in what are primarily a male dominated vocations. During the sponsorship presentation, we were given an extensive tour of the team’s facilities and an in-depth explanation of the teams’ efforts and goals.
The F1 in Schools challenge is the world’s largest secondary school STEM competition where teams design, manufacture and race miniature F1 racing cars over a fixed distance. The cars are conceived and designed using industry standard CAD/CAM software and produced using CNC machinery. Once designed and software tested to satisfaction, the students then 3D machine the car body, 3D print some of the aerodynamic structures, assemble, paint and prove their creations in wind and smoke tunnels and on test tracks. The process gives the students an appreciation and feel for real world manufacturing processes as well as an understanding of what is involved in completing a team-based mission.
As well as physically producing their race entries, competitors must also create a team identity (just as F1 racing teams do) including logo, branding, marketing and set up a trade booth display showcasing the team and its F1 entry. At all stages, individual portfolios are maintained by the team members,
the quality of which goes a long way to accruing competition points. It’s not all about the race.
As a result of their recent other successes, team IMPRO has been selected to represent NSW at the F1 in Schools National Finals in Melbourne. If they are victorious, the next step will be to compete at the forthcoming international competition. Australia has a tradition of success on the global stage, with
team Horizon from Adelaide being victorious in 2018.
The excitement amongst the girls for this competition is evident in every aspect of what they are doing to achieve success at the finals. In fact, the whole school was focussed on providing every opportunity for success, with an emphasis on the learning process and what skills the team members will gain in participating and take in to their future lives.
Multicam CNC Routing Systems is proud to be associated with Mount View High School and the F1 in Schools Challenge. We know that by providing support at the grass roots level in engineering and manufacturing, our country stands a better chance of remaining competitive in a global environment by
encouraging talented people to develop the skills necessary in all aspects of manufacturing.
Multicam CNC Routing machines are manufactured in Australia and is a 100% Australian owned company. We firmly believe that the unique approach and skills of our engineers and technicians have resulted in our world-class machines that have grown to become a market leader of flatbed CNC routing
machines. We also believe that, through encouragement and sponsorship, such as that of team IMPRO, we will be well placed in the future to continue to be successful.