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ADF Encourages Young Australians To Innovate

ADF Encourages Young Australians To Innovate

* What: F1 in Schools National Finals 2007, sponsored by the ADF.

* When: 5-6 December 2007, commencing at 10am.

* Where: Noosa District State High School, Tulip Street, Cooroy, Qld.

Background: In the current environment of increasing skills shortages the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is actively seeking opportunities to ensure that current and future skilled workers consider the Navy, Army or Air Force as a career option.

One such event is the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge for high school students from years 7-12. In November the ADF signed-on as the naming rights sponsor for the F1 in Schools National Final, to be held in Noosa, Queensland, in December 2007.

Over 32,000 high school students from more than 300 schools competed in this year's competition, with the field narrowed to 100 students from 16 schools for the National Final. This elimination final will be webcast live each day by Web Ex.

The F1 in Schools competition, coordinated by Re-Engineering Australia Forum, sees students using the same software as major companies to engineer and manufacture miniature Formula 1 cars.

The end product on which the students are judged is more than just a racing car. Experienced engineers will assess the teams' marketing and body of work displays, technical presentations and understanding of engineering.

Director General Defence Force Recruiting, Brigadier Simon Gould said: "Many industries are competing to attract the same skilled workers and Defence is keeping ahead of the pack by ensuring that Australia's future engineers are aware of the fantastic opportunities Defence has to offer."


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