Hello! It’s me, Javier, I’m back to give an update on our sponsorship and car progress. Earlier last week we announced on social media that our Platinum Sponsors, BAE Systems, are continuing to collaborate with us throughout the 20/21 season, this is massive news for the team as the multinational arms, security and aerospace company which provides us with sponsorship, manufacturing aid and expertise was once again willing to support our F1 in Schools journey. This collaboration was incredibly valuable in our first season, we would not have been so successful without them.
Finding a sponsor like BAE Systems which can not only provide sponsorship but other forms of support is immensely beneficial for a team wanting to succeed in this competition. We gain the advice and manufacturing abilities of industry experts and also receive significant sponsorship from this deal, making the partnership essential. It is important for us to give back to them in the best way possible, for us that is using their generous sponsorship to reinvest in our community.
So... how to do it for yourself? Eclipse’s top tip for gaining sponsorship is to go local, so many teams try to get the big companies, such as car makers, household brands etc. Look local, many companies want to inspire the next generation of engineers/entrepreneurs. We went with a 3 stage approach, a letter, a follow up email, and finally a phone call. This was A LOT of work with lots and lots of ‘no’ responses, but eventually the work paid off. Be sure to have a detailed return on investment plan, let the companies know what you will do for them as a result of gaining their money, services and/or expertise.
Tom and I are seeking advice from BAE Systems engineers about various parts of the car we are looking to develop. The joy of having external advice is that they set deadlines that you have to stick to. This week they asked us to produce a multipage document with information, engineering drawings and diagrams of various concepts. They will in turn give their opinions and advice on which concepts could actually be manufactured. We hope to meet with them soon and finalise some concepts to test when we return to school early on next month…
UP NEXT: Maisie will provide you with an update on the development of the teams verbal presentation skills and our pit display collaboration.
Hi, Maisie here, this week has been a little slower for us, being from the South-East of England the snow is a novelty and we wanted to take the opportunity to be out in it having fun! I thought I would use this post to update you on what we have been up to with our verbal presentation and pit display.
For our verbal presentation we realised from judges feedback that we needed to develop. We made contact with Marcus Orlovsky, (who is a motivational and educational speaker who has worked with TEDx) who has agreed to help us develop our skills. A video of Marcus giving a talk on TEDx is below:
The first thing he has taught us in one of our online meetings is be confident in what you are talking about, if it is personal to you, then you will be able to discuss more confidently. We now have individual meetings with him to develop our confidence in talking to new people. As a team we will need to present a full verbal presentation to him in a few weeks time to see if we are better than our first attempt. The biggest issue for us here is being available for our meetings whilst still having live lessons…..
After our meeting with a company that has agreed to build our pit display (if needed), we are still waiting for them to get back to us. This is something we have realised in our time in the competition, it can be frustrating waiting for responses and at what point do you keep nagging without seeming rude? I guess that is a life skill to develop, to keep the sponsors happy but still get things done on time! We have ideas, we have designs, but without their expert advice we do not know if they are possible; this is the problem with outsourcing………..
We will not stop over half term next week, we will continue to have our online meetings, developing and virtually testing the car designs as well as trying to meet with our partners. All go for an F1 in Schools team!
UP NEXT: Javier will provide you with an update on our sponsorship situation and on the development of our car.
Hi everyone, it's Javier from Eclipse, back again to give an update on our car developments. After a busy last week on the enterprise side of the project it was time for the design engineers, Tom and I, to step up and get working.
Our car performed pretty well at Nationals, and although it was not our fastest ever time we were pretty chuffed considering the circumstances, more importantly, both cars made it to the end of the track in one piece, having never been tested, phew!
We decided that we will not design an entirely new car, but to work with what we have and analyse areas to develop and hopefully improve track time. Our top tip here about any car designing is make sure the car meets all regulations. That is actually more important to your overall score than getting the fastest time (that is just a bonus!).
Having looked at areas to develop (the wings and wheel systems), we have produced CAD models and hope to discuss if they are possible with a company we may outsource manufacture to. We will of course analyse the new ideas in CFD and hopefully, go back into school for physical testing to see if these parts perform as the virtual analysis shows. We will keep you posted how we get on...
On another note a former student of our school, Stephanie Turner, always wanted a job linked to her favourite sport, Formula One, but didn't feel she would ever have the opportunity. She now works as a presenter promoting diversity in motorsport encouraging a greater participation from women and underrepresented groups.
The first link is to a selection of webinars hosted by inspirational women in motorsport, the second are interviews hosted by Jenni Gow about possible careers in the world of motorsport media.
Stephanie wanted you all to know that this kind of thing was not around when she was at school, and was completely unaware that she would ever get the opportunity to have a successful career linked to motorsport.
She hopes some of you take the time to have a look and maybe be inspired.
https://corp.formula1.com/women-of-f1-to-deliver-inspirational-talks-with-motorsport-uks-girls-on-track-programme/ - Steph will be the host in some of these sessions
UP NEXT: Maisie is going to provide us all with an update on the progress of our Pit Display and our Verbal Presentation