Teamwork pays off for students at technology challenge
GLADSTONE State High School students could be Le Mans champions of the future, after impressive results at the RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough.
The students competed in the 24-hour Human Powered Vehicle race, held over two days on September 14-15.
The Open Girls were the standout result, winning their division and were backed up by a strong show from the Open Boys team, who managed fourth in their division and 10th overall.
Principal Sally Thompson said it was a great result for the students who displayed excellent teamwork to compete against teams far better resourced than their own.
"There is a science element connected to the race but we really focus on the teamwork and development side of things," Ms Thompson said.
"It's a growing program within the school and it's an amazing event, like a mini grand prix."
Ms Thompson said many teams had near-professional set-ups, but their teams had to source their own sponsors as part of the hands-on experience for the students.
"We really try to get the students involved in getting sponsors and in the future I think we'll be able to focus a lot more on the sponsorship side of the event," she said.
The students were supported by their three major sponsors, Phoenix Group CQ, Limestone Clothing Calliope and Ocean Tyres.
For anyone interested in supporting Gladstone State High School students in future Human Powered Vehicle events, contact Gladstone State High School on 4976 6111.