behind smart kids
Adept supports champion student
Living our philosophy of spreading knowledge and encouraging learning,
Adept Turnkey has supported a team of 5 students at Engadine High
School in Sydney to prepare for the international F1 in Schools
Technology Challenge, a competition which involves over 9 million
students from 17 000 schools across 31 countries.
Apart from the project's emphasis on using science, maths and technology
to build a functional, miniature F1 model, the competition also
focuses on building long-term employment skills and students have
the opportunity to practice leadership, team building, project management,
business planning, marketing, distance-collaboration and mass-communication
Students are required to design a miniature F1 model from scratch
which involves researching the aerodynamics and physics of motion,
applying design principles and then empirically improving the design
with tests and modifications.
A model is drawn with the help of a three-dimensional design software
package, the design is then analysed and a prototype is manufactured
from balsa wood and plastic.
The car is powered by a carbon dioxide cylinder mounted to the back.
A launching device punctures the gas cylinder and escaping gas propels
the model car at speeds of up to 80 kph.
Currently the Australian national champions, the
F1 team of students at Engadine have been using a high speed camera
from Adept with the support of our vision engineers. The students
at Engadine have successfully used Adept's high speed camera to
analyse the performance of their car's dynamics and to make modifications
to critical parts. This has enabled improvements to different parts
of the race such as the launch. Hopefully enough to give them the
In the words of one team member:
|"Testing the designs of our car
is an integral part of the marks we get for the project, and so by
using something as cool and innovative as a high-speed camera, we
are sure to impress the judges. We are focusing on the start of the
race and determine exactly how the cars behave after the canister
has been punctured. Along with this, the footage can be used as part
of our Marketing campaign and, as you would imagine, will boost our
public profile significantly." - Student comment.