Mississauga, Ontario – A team of five Canadian high school students, sponsored by Porsche Cars Canada, is in Singapore for the F1 in Schools World Finals. The competition is a worldwide technology challenge that requires students to design and build miniature race cars.

The team of Adrian Hagar, Rebecca Chu, Joanna Ni, Benjamin Tran and Anthony Wong, supported by teacher Mark Mueller, is from Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Toronto.

At the national competition in April 2009, the team beat approximately 15 other Canadian teams to become the national champions, defeating the previous title holders by over 20 points out of 300.

“As a school-based technology challenge, what is exciting about the F1 in Schools program for students is the requirement to use their knowledge and skills in many areas,” said Mueller. “The challenge requires that team members take on leadership positions in five key areas, bringing together students from a variety of interests. As a teacher, it is fantastic to see the team members supporting each other in their area of expertise.”

The team’s 1/20-scale Eclipse F1 car went through a year-long development program. It is built from balsa wood and powered by CO2.

The world finals run in Singapore from September 18 to 24, where 26 teams from 18 countries will compete for the world championship and scholarships to City University in London, along with 16 other awards. A team’s overall score comes not only from the performance of its car, but also from its scores in team marketing, portfolio development and verbal presentation. For more information, visit F1 in Schools.

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