Brighton Secondary School’s Horizon team recently returned from Singapore after winning the F1 In Schools World Championship for 2018, the largest STEM competition in the world.
Flinders University is proud to have been a sponsor that helped this extraordinary achievement, as the competition involves more than 20 million students across 30 countries, with the top 50 national teams having convened in Singapore for the final contest. The Horizon team comprised James Gurney (engineer, team manager), Luke Battjes (engineer), James Lloyd, (marketing), Tom Lightfoot (display engineer), JJ Elliss (marketing) and Luka Moase (industry collaboration).
Teams are tasked with the challenge to design, manufacture and race a miniature F1 car as well as market a supporting team brand. For Horizon, this involved a 16-month preparation for the Horizon team to perfect its portfolio, trade display, verbal presentation, engineering interview and construction of two race cars – which achieved the fastest time of the competition, covering the course in 0.997 Seconds.
In addition to receiving the award for fastest lap of the competition, Horizon was also nominated for best research and development, and received the award for best engineered car.
To thank the team’s vast network of sponsors and supporters, Horizon staged a Celebration Evening on Monday 22 October at the Brighton Performing Arts Centre, at which Flinders University and all of the other team sponsors with certificates of thanks.