F1 IN SCHOOLS
F1 in Schools is an international competition involving over 20 million students from 17,000 schools in more than 50 different nations participating to create the world’s fastest F1 car. Besides creating a car, students need to be able to plan, design, present and work together as a team to complete various other different tasks such as designing logos, contacting sponsors, creating portfolios, brochures and presentations.
This year, the international phase of the competition will take place in Abu Dhabi, on 22nd - 29th November.
We are a team made up of five passionate students from Romania. Each member of this team has their own mission - Design, Technology, Marketing and Finance. When we put them together, we create what we are today. We create Malaxa.
We have learnt to work together and discover a lot of new things that taught us that without teamwork, there is no team. The British School of Bucharest F1 in schools team is here and we are determined to give our best for the 2018 F1 in schools world final.
As a team manager, F1 in Schools has shaped me into becoming the person I am today. With almost four years of experience and perseverance, the destination I have planned out for so long is finally becoming real. Singapore, the Grand Final, and the destination of this journey is before my team now. There are countless reasons for my contribution in a competition like this – yet they’re all linked behind experience. Leadership implied integrity, creativity and vision, which I’ve developed involuntarily over this time period.
In my opinion, F1 is more than designing a car and racing it over a 20-metre track. It’s about committing to a task, using everyone’s talents to their full potential and building trust between my teammates and me. I’m proud to be coordinating such a dedicated team and this challenge is more than a competition in itself, but a lifestyle where I mature into a better me and a better future self.
Being the Design and Manufacturing Manager, for the past year, has not only taught me about engineering and the application of these skills on to the engineering of the car and the pit display, it has also taught me many values that I can use later on in life.It has taught me how to communicate with other people, even if those people are just my teammates.
It has taught me to ask questions, to question why something is being done. It has also taught me the value of having a team, a team is a group of people you can rely on for almost anything.Lastly, it has also taught me to trust my teammates and that everyone putting in just a little bit of hard work can create something amazing and beautiful.
I've been interested in F1 in Schools for the past 3 years, so this year I decided to give it a try. My job in Malaxa - as the Design Engineer - is to handle all parts of the prototype design process.
I design everything from the main body of the car to the wheels. To help me do this, I use many professional grade tools such as Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk CFD (Flow).
My main focus this year was to create the simplest yet fastest design, while keeping rules and regulations in mind.
I'm excited for what's to come in Abu Dhabi, I know my team will succeed!
Being Marketing Manager of this team once again has proven to help develop new skills that I can use in my daily life.
I am very proud that I have the opportunity to be part of such a project, of which I can learn so much.
The role of Marketing Manager is much more difficult than it seems, it consists more than contacting the sponsors but also compiling portfolios, building up the team identity and collaborating with others from other industries.
I am very excited to find out what the future holds for Malaxa!
This year I have moved on from my role in charge of finance, into the role of Communications Manager. I saw this as a new challenge for me, as well as a great opportunity to further develop my skills in different areas than last year. I have been more involved in public relations and communicating with sponsors, as well as internal communications surrounding our team. I have also adopted a greater role in producing and organizing the enterprise portfolio, and in addition to this worked on running part of our social media platforms.
I believe this has helped me broaden my skill set by developing the abilities to organize and promote parts of our project. I have also improved on my previously developed skills of contacting and communicating with outside parties and being comfortable while doing so. This has proved to me that even after participating once, the F1 in Schools project has so much to offer an individual as there are so many opportunities to develop your skills and yourself as a person. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this project once again and I am glad I decided to challenge myself with this new role.
Sponsors & Mentors
Malaxa knows that the progression made throughout the competition would not have been possible without the help we had from our sponsors: helping us in every way possible to take us to Singapore and compete against other teams from around the world.
We give immense thanks to all the companies involved in this journey with us.
If you would be interested in sponsoring us or have any other questions, feel free to contact us.