Team Zenith, an all-girls team of students from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Pontypridd, represented Wales at the F1 in Schools World Finals supported by LG held in Singapore recently to coincide with the Singtel F1 Singapore Grand Prix. The team were delighted to win the LG Moment of the Week award which was sponsored by LG. The team won a unique trophy which combined parts from a Formula One race car with a selection of LG mobile phones, and were also given a tour of the Virgin Racing garage at the Singapore Grand Prix, with an exclusive chance to view the inner sanctum of the team trackside.
Team Zenith won a place in the F1 in Schools World Finals as the leading Welsh team at the UK National Finals of the challenge held earlier this year at Autosport International Show in Birmingham.
Annie Holland, Katie Jenkins, Jessica Eynon, Georgia Critcher, Jenna Claridge and Isobel Nessbert had the experience of a lifetime when they competed in this international event held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore.
The LG Moment of the Week award challenged students to use LG mobile phones to create and capture a special moment from the F1 in Schools World Finals. The Team Zenith girls decided to depict the LG logo, recognising the importance of the brand's sponsorship of the event. Annie Holland explains, “We wanted to be in the photo, so we thought we would wear the dressing gowns and slippers from our hotel room to create the shape. The only problem was the location for the shot. The Conrad Centennial played such a big part in the event, as we stayed in rooms at this hotel, had the knockout racing finals and award ceremony there as well as the pool area being the 'hang out' for all the teams, but it was always really busy. We had to wait until 4 in the morning to take the photo, so we didn't get much sleep that night. It was worth it though, as we won an amazing trophy for our efforts and had the chance to go in the F1 paddock which was awesome as well.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals supported by LG started with a welcome breakfast, gift exchange lunch and a flight on the Singapore version of the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer, for all the teams. With 25 teams from 18 countries, Team Zenith enjoyed the unique opportunity to meet peers from around the world and build friendships which will endure for many years. Gingerbread cookies, Irish leprechauns and a donation to a school affected by the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake were among the gifts exchanged, with Team Zenith presenting each member of the competing teams with a specially minted coin, produced by the Royal Mint, especially for Zenith, as part of their sponsorship of the team for the World Finals.
After three intense days of competition, the event concluded with a prestigious awards celebrations attended by many F1 personalities and Team Zenith were delighted to take home the award for the LG Moment of the Week. Their final highlight of the week was an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the world of F1, with a visit to the paddock at the Singtel F1 Singapore Grand Prix and a tour of the Virgin Racing garage including a meeting with the drivers.
F1 in Schools challenges students to design, build, test, analyse, and race a scale model Formula One car of the future, using CAD/CAM technology. Each team of between three and six students, brings together their work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed 20 metre track. At the World Finals each team brought along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a presentation for the judges.
Team Zenith stay up late to capture their ‘Moment of the Week’
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