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Crocus Plains drafting and design Vector One F1 racing team members Sabrina Slack, Curtis Bauche, Daniel Vanheist, Justin Buhr, Lee Gorowski and Tanner Fardoe will be heading to Austin, Texas, to complete in the F1 school challenge next month. The team gave a demonstration to Education Minister Nancy Allan on Wednesday.
A group of Crocus Plains high school design drafting students are gearing up to compete on a world stage.
After being named national champions of Canada in the North American F1 in Schools competition in Brooklyn, Mich., in May, a team of six students will be travelling to Austin, Texas, next month to compete against students from 30 countries for the world title.
F1 in Schools is an international competition for students aged nine to 19. Groups of students design and manufacture a miniature car out of balsa wood using computer assisted design technology and manufacturing tools. The cars are powered by carbon dioxide cartridges and are timed from the moment they are launched to when they reach the finish line.
This is the second team in Crocus Plains history that will be competing while representing Canada.
This year’s team, Vector One, includes Tanner Fardoe, Lee Gorowski, Sabrina Slack, Curtis Bauche, Daniel Vanheist and Justin Buhr.
The team has been working together for the past 10 months and is looking forward to competing on a different level.
"It’s been really exciting. I really like to work with my friends and my team," Fardoe said. "I didn’t know them until we were a team and now we’re really close."
Every year design drafting students are required to make their own car and the fastest cars get picked to form a team, Fardoe said.
"That’s how we became Vector One," he said.
Although she’s the only girl in the group, Slack said she doesn’t mind and has really been enjoying the experience.
"It’s not that bad. I get along with them really well," she said. "I’ve gotten to know these guys pretty well because we spend a lot of time together in the classroom … we spend a lot of time in the drafting room."
Slack also competed in the same competition in Toronto last year and admits competing in Texas will be tough.
"It will be a little bit stricter because you’re competing against the best from every country."
During her visit to Brandon on Wednesday, Education Minister Nancy Allan attended a special gathering at Crocus to congratulate Vector One as well as learn more about the F1 in Schools program.
"I had no idea this incredible program even existed and not only does it exist here in Brandon, it’s unique all over the province and it’s been a very very successful endeavour," she said.
Brandon School Division Supt. Donna Michaels also had some kind words of her own for the group of students.
"You are why so many of us in this room come together and support education," she said.
After being involved with the project over several months, Slack said she’s hoping to continue studying engineering after high school.
"It’s awesome. I don’t think I would have been involved with this if it wasn’t through the school," Slack said. "It’s definitely been a great experience."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 10, 2013