Future F1 engineers cultivated in Durban

Future F1 engineers cultivated in Durban

F1 Mahle School Challenge makes engineering a sought after profession

F1 in SchoolsTM is dubbed ‘the world’s most exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) based educational project’. The excitement of the F1 is brought into the classroom by challenging learners to contextualise their learning and knowledge to real life in a creative, engaging and problem solving project of designing and engineering scaled cars to be judged, on a multitude of categories and then raced to determine the ultimate winner.

Learners in Grade 7 and 9 will design and engineer a car fabricated in paper (Grade 7) and composite material (Grade 9) to be judged in a live event in the Fountain Court area at The Pavilion Shopping Centre. The Grade 7 competition takes place on Thursday 22 August and the Grade 9’s compete on the on Friday 23 August.

This project has been undertaken by MAHLE BEHR, one of the largest automotive parts manufacturers in the world, who are committed to research, innovation and improved mobility in partnership with non-profit organisation, the Centre For The Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME). Mahle believes in creating a better future through investment in innovation and identifying and nurturing engineering stars.

“Bringing the excitement of F1 into the classroom is a continuation of our commitment to furthering science education among the youth, especially those in our fenceline communities and we are thrilled with the number of Science2Go schools who will be attending the finals.” says Jolene van Heerden, MAHLE BEHR SA Communications Manager.

Van Heerden continues on to say “Through the MAHLE School Challenge we hope to create an interest and build enthusiasm among learners for science, technology, engineering and maths. This spark could be what entices the learners into innovatory STEM careers and to be the science leaders of tomorrow”

MAHLE has partnered with CASME before in the Science2Go project, a mobile laboratory that travels to schools in KwaDabeka, Molweni and Cleremont to take hands-on science to over 15 000 primary and high school learners, many of whom are entered into the MAHLE Schools Challenge.

The Mahle School Challenge, of F1 in SchoolsTM, is made possible through partnerships with CASME, eThekweni Municipality, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Vodacom and Young Engineers.

For further information on MAHLE F1 Schools Challenge visit www.mahle-f1schoolschallenge.co.za

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