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HCMC students join first Grand Prix in Vietnam
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HCMC students join first Grand Prix in Vietnam

The Saigon Times Daily

Participating students pose after the BIS Grand Prix - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

The British International School in HCMC last week hosted the first-ever BIS Grand Prix which engaged both primary and secondary students aged between 9 and 12, with their task to design and manufacture the fastest miniature F1 car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real F1 racing teams.

This inter-school competition was the first event of its kind in Vietnam, bringing together 60 students from four international schools around the city. It was aimed to introduce students in the city to the award-winning global educational initiative “F1 in Schools” in an effort to increase students’ interest in subjects related to STEAM, acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

“F1 in Schools” is the largest international STEAM competition for schools. It challenges students to create their own Formula 1 team which is commissioned to design, construct and race a 21-centimeter-long scale car model powered by a compressed air cylinder.

At the World Finals, each team brings along a pit display, their cars and a written portfolio, as well as a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20-meter track, with the cars covering the distance in around one second.

The BIS Grand Prix imitated the F1 in Schools World Finals with students working in teams to design logos and branded T-shirts, manufacturing and racing their F1 cars and presenting their work to the judges.

Greg Roberts, Design and Technology teacher and leader of F1 in Schools at BIS HCMC, said: “The BIS Grand Prix encouraged students to think outside the box, be creative and take risks. They used their collaboration, communication and leadership skills to apply their knowledge learned in the classroom to solve real-world problems, an essential skill in today’s competitive global labor market.”

BIS HCMC has been the only school to represent Vietnam in the F1 in Schools World Finals for four consecutive years. Nam Phong Racing, who led the BIS Grand Prix competition, is the 2018 team of students to be attending the World Finals. This September they will be traveling to Singapore to compete against teams from around the world, all battling for the F1 in Schools World Champions title.

“F1 in Schools has undoubtedly given us insight to the real world of design, engineering, budgeting and marketing and continues to give our team members an invaluable experience in identifying our passions and shaping us to be collaborative, problem-solving and innovative global citizens,” said Jonathan Le, Team and Marketing manager of Nam Phong Racing.

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