Toronto, Ontario – A Toronto high school team has won the Canadian national F1 in Schools technology challenge championship, and will be eligible to enter to the international competition in London, England in 2010.

The challenge requires high school students from across the country to construct a 1/20th-scale, CO2-powered, Formula One (F1) racing car out of balsa wood, using Computer Aided Design (CAD), manufacturing technologies, and a computer numerical controlled (CNC) router. Students race their cars on a 20-metre track and a scale speed of over 220 km/h.

A six-student team from Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute in Toronto won first place overall in the competition, held at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Second place went to a team from Woburn Collegiate Institute in Toronto, while third place went to students from Miles McDonnell Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“Fastest Time” went to the Woburn students, who took 1.123 seconds to run the track, just slightly off the world’s record of 1.064 seconds. The Judges’ Choice went to Sandlewood Heights in Brampton, Ontario.

The F1 in Schools competition began in England in 2000, with teams from 27 countries around the globe taking part. The standard-based challenge seeks to raise the profile of engineering among young people, and gives them access to the latest technology in the engineering and manufacturing world.

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