(Bradenton, FL – September 12, 2018) The School District of Manatee County is proud to announce that a team of students has finished third place during the F1 in Schools World Finals in Singapore. They also won the Research and Development Award. 50 teams from 31 countries competed in the five-day event.

The team, Perspective Racing, is led by Brian Kendzior, a technology education teacher at Palmetto High School. The five student team members include Alana Kelly and Ahmad Ibsais, 12th grade students at Braden River High School; Jaxson Bunes, a 2018 graduate of Palmetto High School; and Alex Kumar and Cassandra Atzrodt, 12th grade students at Southeast High School.

F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary curriculum and the largest global STEM competition in the world. Teams use computer-aided design (CAD) and computer- aided manufacturing (CAM) to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test and race miniature compressed air powered Formula One cars. They must also design and build a 10’ pit display, prepare and fully memorize a 10-minute verbal presentation, produce two detailed engineering and marketing portfolios summarizing their F1S journey and prepare for a series of intense interviews.

“These students are the next generation of engineers and scientists – and we couldn’t be more proud of their exceptional achievements on a world stage,” said Deputy Superintendent Doug Wagner. “The future is here – and Manatee County students are leading the way to a brighter tomorrow.”

The team wishes to thank the many generous supporters who made their trip to Singapore possible including: Manatee Education Foundation; Manatee Schools Adult, Career & Technical Education; AT&T; Mosaic; netBIOLOGICS; Charter Spectrum; McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors; ICONN; Auto Solutions; Dillon Machinery; R Cubed Engineering; and ABEC357.

The School District of Manatee County is one of only a few in the United States to offer the Formula 1 in Schools program. Manatee County students have made more top finishes at the state, national and world level than any other school district in the country. During previous World Finals competitions, District students earned first place in 2010; as well as second, third and fourth place finishes in 2011, 2013 and 2014.