Chromax Committed To World F1 In Schools Challenge

Last update: 10/11/2014

By Muhammad Hafiizh Alias

PETALING JAYA, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- The Chromax Racing Team from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor says it will strive for the best when it competes in the World Finals Formula One (F1) in Schools Challenge next year.

One of the advisers from SM Sains Hulu Selangor, Norazrina Abdul Aziz said Chromax is one of three teams from the school which participated in this year’s competition.

“This is the fourth time in a row our school is participating as well as representing Malaysia and we hope to succeed in our legacy to compete in the World Finals,” she told Bernama.

The team, which took the third spot in the Malaysia National Finals F1 In Schools Challenge, will join two other winners to represent Malaysia in the world competition.

The four-day event at The School (Jaya One), which was officiated by the Director General of Education Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof last Thursday, saw 30 teams shortlisted for the Challenge. A total of 200 schools in Malaysia took part in the competition.

Assigned To Various Jobs

At the close today, Nova from SMK Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah emerged as the overall national champion, while second place was Electro from SMK Seksyen 9 Shah Alam.

Last year's winners will represent Malaysia in the World Finals in Abu Dhabi, this Thursday.

The four-member Chromax Team, was each assigned to the various jobs as Resource Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer and Graphic Designer to fulfil the needs of the competition.

F1 In School Malaysia Programme Manager, Abdul Shakir said: “This event gives youths who are still in second schools a great exposure to learn something new such as finding sponsorships, create a logo, designing cars in all aspects and everything including the spirits of teamwork which is hardly experienced in school.”

Ammar Akhtar, 16, said, as a Resource Manager of Chromax Racing Team, the event provided a positive challenge for students, especially in balancing their school studies and commitment to the competition, as well as gaining experience in dealing with the real marketing world.

Twenty Awards

F1 In School in Malaysia is one of the branches from United Kingdom. It is the ninth successful year in Malaysia and the longest serving STEM (acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programme as well as among the earliest to adopt the world’s largest STEM education programme that started in UK in 1999.

Twenty awards including the top three placings, were given in each distinctive categories. The others are Best Engineered Car Award, Best Team Identity Award, Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, Best Verbal Presentation Award, Social Media Award, Fastest Car Award and Innovative Thinking Award.

Others are Chair of Judges Special Achievement Award, Best Pit Display Award, Knock-Out Race Competition, Team Sponsorship & Marketing Award, Best Collaboration Team Award, Best Woman Team Award, Best Portfolio Award, Pressure Challenge Award, Best Team Website Award and Best Research & Development Award.

-- BERNAMA