Come down to The Sunzone at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World this Saturday, 17 May, and witness Central Technical College sponsor Durban's youngest F1 car designers and creators at the Top Gear F1 Schools Challenge.
The Educor Group will be sponsoring three schools this year in support of technology and engineering in Secondary schools, which is the preamble to the Top Gear Festival to take place this June.
Umlazi Comtech of Umlazi, Durban Girls' College of Musgrave and Crossmoor Secondary School of Chatsworth were the lucky schools who were chosen because of their commitment and passion for creative education.
Umlazi Comtech, a Comprehensive Technical High School received a whopping R25,000 sponsorship from Central Technical College (CTC), a division of Educor, to assist them in the competition. This includes the branding of the cars, uniforms, pit stands, portfolio layout and print, as well as giveaways for the competition day.
According to the Managing Executive of CTC, Devan Munien, "This project is in line with the brand's objective to invest in the technical and business students of the future. The team at Umlazi Comtech demonstrated both passion and skill, and was the perfect fit."
Central Technical College boasts a unique learning experience within the Further Education and Training (FET) sector. It offers affordable, top-quality private education to Technical and Business Studies students, empowering them to succeed in a wide variety of fields.
The team named Umlazi Comtech Strivers (UCS), will compete against 12 teams and nine other schools from in and around Durban, all in a bid to design and create an F1 car of the future.
Speaking to the ecstatic Head of Department, Mr Nzama, at Umlazi Comtech, he said, "Having Central Technical College come on board to assist us was a dream come true. This is the second year we are participating in the competition and I can proudly say that it has been a greater experience. Last year we went into the event without sponsorship, which affected our overall points in the competition. The pupils have worked really hard, overcoming a considerable amount of shortfalls, and still strived to be the best they can be. They have put in long hours, especially with the guidance and assistance from the CTC team, and we hope that the new knowledge they have gained shines through in their project."
According to the Project Manager of the Top Gear Festival Legacy Initiative, Anna Sacks, each school has been sponsored 3D CAD software by Autodesk. The Industrial Engineering Department at Durban University of Technology, along with Modena Design Centre Durban, mentored and assisted Umlazi Comtech with the technical and IT aspects of designing the F1 cars. The Department of Transport - Technology Transfer Centre has also supported the initiative by sponsoring each team with a race kit - which includes four black fusion wheels and axels, sandpaper, screw eyes and the vital block of balsa wood.
Anna said, "The F1 in Schools Challenge is designed specifically to inspire students to use computer software to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacturing, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way."
Together, the aim of The F1 in Schools Challenge is to inspire, empower and educate pupils, whilst providing them with an entertaining twist.
For more information, pictures and updates on the F1 in Schools Challenge, visit the Central Technical College Facebook page: www.facebook.com/#!/CentralTechnicalCollege
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