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Roma students in pole position

8 May 2014

The world's largest secondary school technology program is now underway in Roma, with the global initiative F1 in Schools giving local students the green light to design, build and test model formula one (F1) cars.

F1 in Schools aims to encourage students into science and engineering tertiary studies or trades, and is supported by Santos GLNG in partnership with QMI Solutions and Roma State College.

Santos GLNG Maranoa Regional Manager Sam Klaas said the program would give students the chance to have fun and develop creativity, innovation and technical skills.

"Santos GLNG has a strong track record of supporting great educational initiatives in the regions, but I think students will particularly enjoy F1 in Schools," Mr Klaas said.

"Students will use computer programs to design miniature F1 cars before building and eventually racing them competitively. I almost wish I was 15 again so I could give it a go!

"We're delighted to be helping lift the profile of science and engineering-related fields and encouraging students to consider careers in these areas.

"We look forward to seeing local students navigate their way through the program, picking up some of the skills that Santos GLNG employees use working for our world-class gas business," Mr Klaas said.

Department of Education, Training and Employment Director of Training for Darling Downs and South West Robert Rigg said the program would give students the fantastic opportunity to engage with the school curriculum in a very different and collaborative way.

"This program will provide students with a great start towards their future careers, and I have no doubt it will have a lasting and advantageous impression on students across Roma," Mr Rigg said.

"I'd like to thank Santos GLNG for their support in getting the program up and running and their ongoing commitment to school and industry partnerships in this region."

F1 in Schools involves more than nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations.