F1 in Schools Challenge: Learners to represent SA in Dubai
Rosslyn - The Siyokhela Junior Secondary School, supported by Nissan, has won the national F1 in Schools Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg.
The team, known as Bonad, will jet off to Dubai in September 2018 to represent South Africa in the next leg of the international competition. The Bonad team is comprised of five learners aged from 12 years to 14 years-old.
The 'F1 In Schools' initiative is a global programme to encourage learners aged from nine to 19- years-old, to experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Air-powered 'F1' cars
For the first time, Nissan has supported Siyokhela Junior Secondary School, which is in Soshanguve, Gauteng. Students were tasked with designing, building, testing and racing miniature, compressed air-powered balsa wood F1 cars. Nissan donated more than R20 000 and equipment to the school to enable their participation.
Keba Matlhako, Nissan SA corporate social responsibility manager, said: "At Nissan, we believe we need to make steady progress in finding solutions to improving the lives of everyone and particularly the communities we work in. Part of this commitment to our society takes the form of ongoing investments in education to ensure that future generations are properly equipped for sustainable development.
"We are extremely proud of the Siyokhela Junior Secondary School’s achievement in the F1 in Schools Challenge. The learners worked hard on their project and their efforts paid off. The fact that they’re going to be representing South Africa at the finals in Dubai is evidence of what can be achieved when learners are given the resources they need to excel."