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Newington College win National F1 in Schools Finals

Newington’s F1 in Schools team, Team Quantum won 1st prize in the Development class at the National F1 in Schools Finals Awards Ceremony from March 17 – 19 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. The team is made up of Year 9 boys Anton Maraldo (9/ME), Sebastian Hodge (9/ME), Evan Favos (9/ME), Roger Li (9/FL) and led by F1 in Schools Co-ordinator Mr Paul Honeywill. Competing against 29 other teams from across the country for the chance to represent Australia at the World Championships in Abu Dhabi, Newington raced ahead taking out the categories for Most Energy Efficient, Best Team Portfolio and Best Team Pit Display.

The F1 in Schools competition is the world’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) program which involves more than nine million students across 31 different countries. The aim of the challenge is for students to work as a team to design, manufacture, test, market and compete a miniature F1 car capable of 80 km/hr. Students as young as 10-years-old can participate in the competition where they not only get the chance to experience the adrenaline of a fast car, but also develop leadership, team building, project management, public speaking, marketing and business planning skills.

A big congratulations to the boys and everyone involved in the coordination of F1 in Schools at Newington College on this mammoth achievement!

Skip to 2:45:00 in the clip below to see Team Quantum receive their award on stage.

Engineering Challenge

Congratulations to the team of Newington boys who competed in this year ’s Great Engineering Challenge held at UNSW. The boys participated against other high schools in three exciting real-life challenges that tested their engineering knowledge and wit. The team of Joshua Botto, Justin Tran, Eric Ren, William Du, John Walsh and Taylor McDonald built their way to a first place victory in challenge one where they created a structure with the highest strength to weight ratio. Well done to all the boys who competed on the day.

F1 Teams Friction and Quantum Take Out Prizes at the 2013 NSW State Championships

In the immortal words of the Freddie Mercury of Queen “We are the champions, again”.

The 2013 cohort of five teams headed to Kingswood to the University of Western Sydney to compete in the NSW F1 in Schools State Finals with teams competing in all classes, Cadet, Development, Junior and Senior Professional classes.

The competition is run over two days and consists of Automatic Racing, Reaction Racing, Engineering Evaluation, an eight minute Team Collaboration and Marketing Presentation, Scrutineering Feedback, Pit and Portfolio Assessment and the all important Grand Prix Racing.

I am pleased to report that Friction are the NSW Cadet Class State Champions and Quantum are the Development Class State Runners Up for 2013. This continues our success at State level to four years in succession. The boys also won nine awards in total, they include: Zipper Effect (Best Marketing), Vector (Best Engineered Car), Quantum (Best Engineered Car & Best Team Pit Display) Mach 7 (Best Designed Car) and Friction (Fastest Lap & Best Poster).

We would like to recognise the fantastic support and crucial value adding from the following: 3D Scanning Australia, Alliance Catering, Arts Spot, Auto One, Canterbury Ice Rink, CB squared, ESR Prestige, Flying Fish (The Dedes Group), Fuji Xerox, Guardian Funerals, InterCAD, Rainbow Display Systems, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation, Roland, Savage Engineering, Sydney City Toyota and the Newington College Technology Department.

NSW State Competing Team Members:

Zipper Effect – Alastair Bate (11/ME), Felix Shannon (11/PR), Ashan Karunagaran (11/KL), Thomas Creevey (11/ME) and Anooj Ghadge (11/MA).

Vector – Sam Gilfedder (10/MO), Peter Ioannou (10/PR), Sebastian Iannuzzi (10/MO), and Dion Riotto (10/KL)

Quantum – Evan Favos (9/ME), Anton Maraldo (9/ME), Sebastian Hodge (9/ME) and Roger Li (9/FL)

Friction – Adam Martin (8/JN), Adam Brown (8/KL) and Riley Vaughan (8/MO)

Mach 7 – Nick Sims (8/LE), Angus Mueller (8/MO) and Cooper Gee (8/JN).

F1 in Schools

A Year of Bright Ideas for Year 11 Industrial Technology Boys

My first year of teaching Senior Industrial Technology at Newington has all in all been a challenge, a roller coaster and a sincere pleasure. I am pleased with the hard work and effort all students put into their classroom lessons and final works, and all boys should be proud of their accomplishments this year. Myself and the students have been fortunate to explore Industrial Technology outside the classroom, with trips to Apollo Kitchens in Smithfield and another to see a past student’s HSC work at the ‘Working with Wood Show’. I hope that the boys found inspiration from these excursions and feel confident in their concept and design choices as we move into developing Year 12 Final Works this term. I thank the students for their enthusiasm, creativity and patience with me as I navigate this Senior class for the first time since moving to Australia, and I am looking forward to working with them through their HSC studies.

Apollo Kitchen visit

On Friday 3 May 2013, the Year 11 Industrial Technology timber class visited Apollo Kitchens in Smithfield, with the purpose of extending their knowledge of industrial processes. Students had the opportunity to talk to the manager of the company, David Duggan, and have a full factory tour exploring the many machines used by commercial technology companies, such as CNC Mills, industrial laminators and polyurethane spray booths. Not only did this trip illuminate HSC Case Study content and prepare them for next year, but the boys were afforded the opportunity to see Industrial Technology application in the real world.

Working With Wood Show

The Year 11 Industrial Technology Timber Class also attended the ‘Working with Wood Show’ on Friday 26 July 2013 at Sydney Olympic Park. The aim of the trip was to inspire the students and demonstrate what is possible in Industrial Technology, as well as encourage them to start thinking about their own HSC major works. The show exhibited the best 20 HSC projects from the 2012 HSC, one of which was past student Michael Drummond’s (ON ’12) project. The trip was a great success, with many students leaving with a strong sense of which direction they would like to go with their projects in Year 12, and the information and contacts needed to manufacture their major works.

Final Works

Final works for Year 11 this year were the outcome of research into ‘Shaker’ Style furniture and its influences on current design. We looked at the simplicity of the design and the construction method that the traditional Shaker method uses. This project acted as a pilot for students to test both their practical and theoretical abilities and demonstrated basic construction methods that they could use in their major works for Year 12. The pictures of the final works showed the range of different applications of Shaker style students were able to create. The project was thoroughly enjoyed by all the boys and gave them an insight into the hard work and creative effort needed to make an entire project from start to finish, including developing a portfolio.

Mr James Norman
Wood Technology Teacher

Design and Technology Student Redefines Electronic Music Performance for Major Work

Congratulations to the Year 12 Design and Technology and Industrial Technology students who completed a wonderful array of innovative design projects for their Major Works. The students spent many hours both inside and outside the classroom to transform their design concepts into fully functional products. The projects were diverse and all had their own special “wow” factor – as can be seen in the gallery below.

One of the Design and Technology Students, Zubin Nanavati (12/KL), tells us about the work he completed for HSC Design and Technology – a work titled The Midi Controller.

“Currently in electronic music the main performance devices use knobs and buttons. Audiences are becoming bigger at events where a DJ or performer uses one of these devices and people are starting to question the “performance” aspect of a musician who simply presses buttons and turns knobs on stage. My major work is a device which addresses these issues. It is a device which provides the user with very complex and subtle control over music through the use of touch pads, motion sensors and multifunction button pads. In a nutshell, it is a music performance controller. A device which gives both the performer more freedom to experiment with music, and the audience more insight into the craftsmanship of the performer when creating sound.

I completed HSC Design and Technology and really enjoyed the course due to the fact that I ended up with a final work that I could be proud of. In the process I gained knowledge in quite complex areas of technology such as circuit design and digital logic. The fact that I learnt these through trial and error also enhanced my understanding of them. Another really great thing about this course was the freedom I had in deciding what I wanted to develop. I had access to everything from 3D Printers, CNC Mills and Laser cutters all the way to a large inventory of plastics, metals, wood and electronic components. Throughout the year, I was encouraged by staff members who supported and motivated me regardless of how difficult or complex the problems I faced were, and this meant I had almost limitless freedom to make whatever I wanted to make. I think anyone that has an aptitude for engineering or design will not only enjoy this course but also gain valuable insight into what this industry entails.”

Objects of Learning: HSC & IB Dip Visual Arts, D&T and Industrial Technology Exhibition Opening

Last Tuesday 13 August, the Year 12 HSC and IB Dip Visual Arts, Design and Technology, and Industrial Technology final works showcase Objects of Learning, opened to one of the biggest crowds at Concordia Gallery. The exhibition highlighted some of the concepts, ideas, art-making and craftsmanship of this year’s graduating cohort. It is the last practical component of the HSC and IB Dip Programme.

Objects of Learning is the first and last of many opportunities for the boys of Newington College involved in Visual Arts and Design and Technology and Industrial Technology to present their work to their peers. It is also the first time many of them have had their art and design works displayed publicly at Concordia Gallery, allowing them the opportunity to meet with an enthusiastic audience of family, friends, artists and other educators to congratulate them on their efforts and quiz them on their artistic and design process.

In addition to showing their works in a public gallery space, this was the first opportunity the boys have had to exhibit alongside some of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Shaun Gladwell, Noel McKenna, Janet Laurence and Julie Rrap. I recently heard that as an artist the measure of your Curriculum Vitae is closely aligned with the calibre of artists that you have exhibited with. In Australia it would be difficult to name five more reputable and internationally acclaimed artists for the boys to present alongside. What an opportunity and stepping stone for their future.

Chris Papadopoulos (ON ’96) Lotus F1 Engineer visits Newington College

Mr Honeywill’s Year 10.2 Electronics demonstrating their expertise in design and construction. L-R: Justin Tran, Zipper Effect designer for F1 in Schools, Felix Shannon, Mr Paul Honeywill, Chris Papadopoulos holding Justin Tran’s car. Photo courtesy of Ashan Karunagaran Year 10.

On his recent visit to Newington, Chris Papadopoulos (ON ’96) took an enthralled audience of Newington students on a journey behind the roaring engines, glamour and adrenalin of Formula 1 World Championship motor racing. As a Trackside Electronics Engineer for the Lotus F1 , he could explain how every part of an F1 racing car is designed, developed and manufactured in-house with a factory of 500 specialists developing each facet of the finely-tuned machines.

Chris described potential areas of interest in the motor racing industry from CAD (computer-aided design) and wind tunnels to electronic circuitry, hydraulic and cooling systems for Newington’s future designers and engineers.

After graduationg from Newington, Chris studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney. He currently resides in the UK where, after five years with Renault F1, he he joined the Lotus F1 Team, overseeing all the computer logistics supporting F1 cars whilst racing.

F1 in Schools Australian National Final 2013

On Monday 25 February Zipper Effect flew down to Melbourne to compete in this season’s national final held at the Australian International Air Show at Avalon Airport. While Newington has been to the F1 in Schools Australian National Final before, this was Zipper Effect’s first time representing Newington at an event like this. Accompanied by teacher Paul Honeywell, Newington’s representatives were:

Alastair Bate (10/ME) – Team Manager

Justin Tran (10/PR) – Manufacturing Engineer

Felix Shannon (10/PR) – Graphics Designer

David Chen (10/PR) – Design Engineer

Ashan Karunagaran (10/KL) – Resource Manger

After a short flight and train ride to Williamstown, the team enjoyed the first event that REA (the organisation that runs the program) had organised for all teams–a tour of the BAE Systems manufacturing dock. The team were able to walk up to the Canberra Class LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock)– Australia’s largest aircraft carrier–and were shown all parts of the factory with the exception of the top-secret weapons department.

While this had given the team some time to enjoy the area, Zipper Effect then journeyed to their first judging event–the verbal presentations. The verbal presentations are an overview of all the teams’ work, including marketing and sponsorship collaboration. The team were also introduced to the previous world champions–Cold Fusion–who won the 2012 World Finals in Abu Dhabi which gave the team an idea of the work they had to do throughout the competition and what they needed to do to be among the best of the best.

As a welcome to all the competition teams and teachers, REA organised a dinner held at the Williamstown RSL to outline the week and to tell everyone what was ahead. This allowed Zipper Effect to speak to other teams and see what they had been working on during the season.

Wednesday morning was an early start so that everyone could prepare for the first visit to the Avalon Air Show. While the first impressions of the planes on the ground were astounding, nothing could prepare the team for the Spectacular display of Australian and US fighter jets. This gave a whole new meaning to loud airplanes!

When it came down to the competition, the first thing the team did was set up their booth, kindly printed by Rainbow Display Systems, to fill their small space with just enough information for it to look great. The day was very fast-paced and included judging of the team’s own car design and a tour of the various aircraft companies’ stands and displays. These amazing tours gave everyone competing an insight into the defence and aviation industry, as well as show everyone the amazing displays of the UAVs, fighter jets and other cool gadgets.

By Thursday it was surreal to think how much everyone had learnt, and that there was still more to come. This was the day of the main racing championships, with only the knockout racing against the other teams to go.

After a long day with more flybys and many more jets, there was the official ceremony, at which the awards were presented to all of the teams. Zipper Effect won the Professional Class Innovation Award, one out of only eight specific awards. After a long day the team spent some more time enjoying the sights and headed to bed before the final day.

On Friday, the team went to an interesting careers presentation that involved presenting all the competitors with job options in the aviation and defence industry. From there all the boys had free access to all of the exhibits on display. It was here that everyone was able to enjoy the sights and learn a bit more about the history of the Australian Air Force planes, as well as seeing new jets that will be introduced in the near future.

The experiences of the competition were amazing. The team’s newly developed skills and eye-opening experiences taught us new skills in design, engineering, marketing and collaboration that will help in a wide range of school and future work projects.

Alastair Bate (10/ME)