Warwick high students start work on Formula racing car
SCHOOL has just got a whole lot more exciting for a lucky group of Warwick State High School students.
Over the next two years, this current crop of Year 11 manual arts students will manufacture and assemble a fully operational Formula racing car in Warwick State High's Trade Training Centre.
Fourteen students are undertaking a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways and in conjunction with Brisbane's Formula Student, a registered training organisation, will learn the skills involved in piecing together a machine that could possibly one day hit the racetrack at Morgan Park.
Teacher Michael Plant said students will learn welding, machining, sheet metal work, fabricating and assembly skills to a trade-like level, which should allow them to walk into any workshop and begin an apprenticeship with a great headstart.
Mr Plant said the idea was to initiate a project that would integrate subjects under the STEM umbrella; science, technology, engineering and maths.
"Essentially we want to have the subjects to work together to produce something worthwhile and meaningful."
The first year will be spent learning the skills and fabricating parts and the second year will be spent assembling the vehicle.
"If all goes well, we'd hope to get CAMS approved and with a CAMS license, there is a possibility that the students will get the opportunity to drive a vehicle they have helped to build," Mr Plant said.
The car is expected to be complete at the end of next year.