Last week’s seventh F1 In Schools World Finals held in Kuala Lumpur saw Malaysia picking up two awards at the event. Malaysian team Velospeed SIC from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor won the Team Portfolio Award and Axis, a collaboration team from Dubai College, UAE and Aminudin Baki Secondary School, were delighted to win the Team Identity Award.

Velospeed SIC, made up of Asyraf Najmie Abd Rahman, Mohd Arif Azizan Abdul Jalil, Alang Ariff Asyraf Muhammad Ghazali and Muhammad Aimran Md Noor from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor, beat off tough competition to win the Best Team Portfolio Award.

The team’s high quality documentation presented clearly and concisely the work that it had put into their entry and was commended by the judges for its professionalism. The team were sixth overall in the World Finals, which was won by Australian team Pentagliders.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to be one of the schools from the host nation and to welcome everyone to our country. We have really enjoyed showing our city to the other students and have had a great time competing in the World Finals. We’re very pleased to have won the Team Portfolio Award as we put in a lot of hard work to make this presentation very special,” team manager Asyraf said.

“The week has been amazing; we have made so many new friends, shared so many memories and learned so much from the students from other countries – we’ll always remember this special time,” he added.

Meanwhile, three students from Aminudin Baki Secondary School – Malik Hisyam, Mohamad Izzudin Hafiz Mohamad Sukri and Muhammad Fahmi Ibrahim – linked with three students from Dubai to form a collaboration team, Axis.

A unique feature of F1 in Schools is the opportunity for students to join with overseas counterparts to compete together as a collaboration team at the World Finals, communicating by virtual technologies such as CISCO Webex and Skype as well as social network sites, telephone and email. This unity help bag the Axis collaboration the Best Team Identity Award and to finish 15th in the overall points standings.

Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Education Minister, who presented the awards to the winners, had many positive things to say about the initiative. “We need to carve a niche for ourselves for producing students of distinction and excellence. The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is one of the learning strategies which is proven to be successful in nurturing students’ interest in the fields of science, technology and engineering. This strategy fosters the mind set of continual innovation, entrepreneurship and sportsmanship in a fun and exciting learning environment,” Wee said in his speech at the awards ceremony.