Hello, Maisie here, a quick blog from me this week as Evie and I are still undergoing exams at the moment as we are in Year 11, I am sure we are not alone trying to balance F1 in Schools and being in an examination year, its very stressful isn’t it?!?
In the past week a couple of the team met with Marcus Orlovsky face to face for the first time and gave him a tour of our technology department and to showcase what we have done so far. This meet has allowed him to understand more about the competition and he has continued to help us develop our presenting skills, I am looking forward to finally meeting him face to face for some verbal presentation practice in the Easter break.
For British Science Week Javier and Tom presented to Year 8 students to get them involved in STEM and explain the great competition that is F1 in Schools. This is also part of our sponsorship deals, to promote STEM to the community!
Due to covid restrictions we still can't get together as a team as we are in different bubbles. We are having to communicate via lots of texts, video chats, and we are filming what each other are doing so we are all in the loop.
We are finally completing some physical testing this week, Javier will let you know how that goes in his next blog. Stay safe everyone, not long until we can all meet (fingers crossed).
UP NEXT: Javier is back to update you on some of the physical testing himself and Tom have been doing!
Hello! It's Javier here. Were back with another video for the blog as we received lots of positive feedback from the last. If you want to get in contact please don't hesitate to reach out through our social media platforms or by email, enjoy!
UP NEXT: Maisie is back to take over for an awaited update on outreach and sponsorship! Has she managed to get anywhere with new and existing sponsors through lockdown?
Hello, my name’s Tom and I'll be writing this week's blog. With Evie and Maisie busy revising, Javier, Isaac and myself are supporting them by taking on their roles for the next few weeks.
I joined the team in the middle of January in order to take some of the weight off the rest of the team's shoulders. I have really enjoyed the last 2 months and the team has made me feel very welcome. However, It's hard work. Coming into a team of 4 that have been working together for the past year means you have to be able to bring something a little different to the table.
As the new manufacturing engineer I have been thrown into the deep end with developing what was our 2020 Nationals Car. I believe that this is the best way to do things when you're joining a team. If you work hard and listen to any advice from the rest of the team then you should be able to prove your a valuable member and they made a good decision to bring you on.
Due to the pandemic, I have only been talking with the team over Zoom so I’m really looking forward to meeting the team face to face. It’s been difficult to really get to know them on video calls so being in the workshop should be a good opportunity to get to know them more. My specialism is in design and aeronautics as these are the areas I hope to study in the future. I hope to bring presentation and design skills to the team as I have a background in public speaking and design. I hope to help the team on their journey to succeed and improve some of the weaker areas from last year's season.
I look forward to the rest of the season developing the car for the regional finals in July and hopefully making it to the National finals later on in the year. Can the new kid make a difference to this already successful team? I really hope so!
UP NEXT: Javier’s back for another update before Maisie takes over once again...
Hello! It's Javier, this week we are all preparing to return to our schools, face to face meets as a team, back into workshops and hopefully moving forward with the F1 in Schools challenge!
This should be filling us with excitement, we have been waiting for so long for it to happen, however, 2 of our team, Maisie and Evie are in Year 11 and the school have just told them they have exams in 2 weeks that will count towards their final GCSE grades. As a team we have had to assess how we can support each other to allow them to focus on their GCSEs without affecting our F1 in Schools journey. This is where having a great team spirit helps and hopefully we can share the workload, we are glad we are all involved in all aspects so we can take on each other's jobs when called upon.
It is not all bad news, the return to school means Tom and I can get back to physically testing the car, comparing to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). We are excited to see how virtual and physical testing compare in the test results.
We use Autodesk CFD Ultimate (2021) which provides fast and accurate fluid flow as well as having the capacity to show some of your results in a really satisfying way for portfolios and presentations (like the image below!). This software is FREE for any F1 in Schools team, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube of how to use this program. To download CFD Ultimate from the Autodesk website, click here.
Eclipse's 2020 Nationals Car in CFD
UP NEXT: Next week you will hear from our newest team member, Tom, as he steps in for Maisie.
Hi everyone, i'ts Maisie! This week we wanted to try something different, so we made a video for the blog as you can see below.... If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in contact through our social media platform or email. We hope you enjoy.
UP NEXT: Javier will be giving an update about the car development and how returning to school will impact us as a team...