Innovative Teachers Win Gold Award

Gold Coast Christian College (GCCC) is celebrating after three teachers won an Education Innovation award from Seventh-day Adventist Schools, South Queensland. Mr Guy Lawson (Principal), Mr Jason Smith (Head of Secondary) and Mrs Natalie Lawson (Curriculum and Learning Support) received the Gold Award for their outstanding work in introducing and facilitating the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ at GCCC. The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ Australia is an initiative of Re-Engineering Australian Foundation.

The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ is an international competition in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Involving over 17 000 schools in 44 nations around the world, students work in teams to design, analyse, test, make and race miniature F1 cars capable of speeds up to 80km/h.

In January 2018, Gold Coast Christian College became the official hub school of the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ on the Gold Coast. Under the guidance of Mr Lawson, Mr Smith and Mrs Lawson, GCCC teams worked hard to be ready for the Regional Finals that were hosted by the College last August. GCCC scooped the pool and took out first place in all three categories (Cadet, Development and Professional).

The three winning teams and our second placed cadet team then earned the right to compete in the State Finals in Mackay in October, 2018. After two days of fierce racing, presentations to industry professionals and scrutiny by judges, GCCC team “Dark Matter” were crowned State Champions in the Development Class. “Vivacity” won third in the Professional Class. This was a fabulous result in the College’s first year of competition. After Vivacity earned a Wild Card Invitation for their overall performance including Best Managed Enterprise, both of these teams are now heading off to the National Finals in Melbourne in March, 2019.

For a school that prides itself in innovative learning, the Gold Award for the F1 in Schools STEM Challenge™ is recognition of the high quality of educational experiences afforded to students at GCCC. Congratulations, Mr Lawson, Mr Smith and Mrs Lawson and we wish Dark Matter and Vivacity all the best in the National Finals.