The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ is the world’s foremost student competition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics involving over 17,000 schools in 44 countries. Students design-make-race a miniature F1 car capable of reaching 80 km/h in under 1 second.
Established in Australia in 2003, the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge is multi-faceted and multi-disciplined with 22,000 students involved each year. It is about much more than cars, although the idea of being involved in car design has proved to be a powerful means of attracting even the most uninitiated students to discovering more about STEM.
Join the challenge
Getting involved is easy. We provide a teachers guide that steps you through the process of establishing and running F1 in Schools and to assist we can connect you to your F1 in Schools regional coordinator and to teachers in your area who will be able to share knowledge, experience and resources testing.
Schools and students wanting to undertake the F1 in Schools program must register online.
Classes of competition
This competition is open to all Australian School students aged 11 – 18 years of age. There are three classes of competition:
Cadet Class (Years 5 – 12) – A simplified project open exclusively to first time entering students with a restricted pathway to state level competitions. Students may only participate in this class once.
Development Class (Years 5-9) – For first time entering students or those who have participated in the Cadet Class. Students may only participate in this class once. This class provides an international collaboration team pathway to the World Final.
Professional Class (Years 5-12) – There are two independent divisions at the State level of competition:
- Pro Junior Division – All Students in Years 5 to 9 only.
- Pro Senior Division – At least one student in the team is in Year 10, 11 or 12.
At a National Final Event there is ONE overall Professional Class division. The overall Professional Class National Champions will represent Australia at the World Final.
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