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Quantum Victoria PrintACar Challenge

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The Quantum Victoria PrintACar Challenge is a competition providing Primary and Secondary Students with an authentic STEM project. Students use 21st Century skills and STEM discipline content knowledge, as they design and race their 3D printed car.

The Quantum Victoria PrintACar Challenge offers a comprehensive and engaging STEM experience for students. It combines design thinking, teamwork, 3D printing technologies, and friendly competition to foster creativity, critical thinking, and a passion for STEM education.

Students have a chance to test their creations against those of other teams. This aspect encourages students to refine their designs, optimize performance, and apply principles of physics and engineering to achieve the best results.

By participating in this challenge, students develop valuable skills that are essential for their future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Expressions of interest are now open to register up to two teams of 2-4 students to compete for the coveted overall Primary (Year 3-6) and overall Secondary (Year 7-11) winners' prize of a 3D Printer and a championship trophy for your school. A school may enter a maximum of 2 teams into the competition from primary year levels and 2 teams from secondary year levels, with the possibility of an additional team for P-12 schools upon written request.

Registrations close Friday the 31st of May 2024 unless fully booked prior. Places are limited and late entries will not be accepted.

The 2024 Field Guide will be available to download here once it is released at the end of week 4 term 1.

Upcoming dates for 2024

When
10:00am to 1:00pm, Thursday 22nd August 2024
10:00am to 1:00pm, Friday 23rd August 2024
Location
Quantum Victoria
We are located at 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West Victoria
Details

Qualifying Days will be held virtually during National Science Week on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd of August 2024.

Registered teams will be notified of which day they will be competing after registrations have closed. Teams will be required to mail or drop off their printed cars to us at Quantum Victoria.

More information regarding this is located on Pages (TBC) of the field guide (see link above).

Registrations close Friday 31st May 2024.
When
9:30am to 2:15pm
Friday 29th November 2024
Location
Quantum Victoria
We are located at 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West Victoria
Details

Finals day will be onsite at Quantum Victoria. Each qualifying team is expected to be on site for the Finals Day.

Cars will compete in time trials to determine the race marks awarded to each team. Teams will have 4 opportunities to achieve the best times, and these will be used to calculate the ranking (taking into account any time penalties the car may have incurred during car marking). 

There will be an overall Primary and an overall Secondary winner. The winning teams will have the highest combined scores for each category and will receive a 3D printer and trophy for their school. Please note that a school cannot be awarded a 3D printer two years in a row and prizes will only be awarded to schools, not individual students.

Show dates for
When
10:00am to 1:00pm, Thursday 22nd August 2024
10:00am to 1:00pm, Friday 23rd August 2024
Location
Quantum Victoria
We are located at 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West Victoria
Details

Qualifying Days will be held virtually during National Science Week on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd of August 2024.

Registered teams will be notified of which day they will be competing after registrations have closed. Teams will be required to mail or drop off their printed cars to us at Quantum Victoria.

More information regarding this is located on Pages (TBC) of the field guide (see link above).

When
9:30am to 2:15pm
Friday 29th November 2024
Location
Quantum Victoria
We are located at 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West Victoria
Details

Finals day will be onsite at Quantum Victoria. Each qualifying team is expected to be on site for the Finals Day.

Cars will compete in time trials to determine the race marks awarded to each team. Teams will have 4 opportunities to achieve the best times, and these will be used to calculate the ranking (taking into account any time penalties the car may have incurred during car marking). 

There will be an overall Primary and an overall Secondary winner. The winning teams will have the highest combined scores for each category and will receive a 3D printer and trophy for their school. Please note that a school cannot be awarded a 3D printer two years in a row and prizes will only be awarded to schools, not individual students.

When
10:00am to 1:00pm, Thursday 17th August 2023
10:00am to 1:00pm, Friday 18th August 2023
Location
Online via Teams
Details

Qualifying Days will be held virtually during National Science Week on Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th of August.

Registered teams will be notified of which day they will be competing after registrations have closed. Teams will be required to mail or drop off their printed cars to us at Quantum Victoria.

More information regarding this is located on Pages 3 and 15 of the field guide (see link above).

When
9:30am to 2:15pm
Friday 17th November 2023
Location
Quantum Victoria
We are located at 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West Victoria
Details

Finals day will be onsite at Quantum Victoria. Each qualifying team is expected to be on site for the Finals Day.

Cars will compete in time trials to determine the race marks awarded to each team. Teams will have 4 opportunities to achieve the best times, and these will be used to calculate the ranking (taking into account any time penalties the car may have incurred during car marking). 

There will be an overall Primary and an overall Secondary winner. The winning teams will have the highest combined scores for each category and will receive a 3D printer and trophy for their school. Please note that a school cannot be awarded a 3D printer two years in a row and prizes will only be awarded to schools, not individual students.

When
9:30am to 2:15pm
Friday 25th November 2022
Location
Quantum Victoria
We are located at 235 Kingsbury Drive, Macleod West Victoria