Garden International School Teams Win F1 in Schools Challenge

September 14, 2017

Garden International school (GIS) teams claimed the top three winning places in this year’s F1 in Schools Challenge held at GIS today. Five teams from GIS – Lucendi, Flash, Apeiros, Pulse and Expedite, alongside three teams from Sri KDU International School, Nexus International School and Australian International School Malaysia raced their respective CO2-powered Formula 1 racing cars along a 20-meter track at the school’s foyer.

CO2‐powered Formula 1 racing cars along a 20-meter track at the school’s foyer

GIS’s team Flash and Apeiros won 2nd and 3rd place respectively, while designers of the fastest car, team Lucendi won 1st place with a race time of 1.182 seconds, setting a new F1 in Schools (SEAIS) record and qualifying them to compete abroad in the World Finals next year.

Lucendi team posing with the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia President & CEO Dr Claus Weidner (far right)Lucendi team posing with the Mercedez-Benz Malaysia President and CEO Dr Claus Weidner


The teams were responsible for holistic aspects from the designing to the making of their racing cars as well as marketing their respective team and product. The GIS teams prepared for six months prior to the competition with funds from sponsors like Mercedes Benz and have announced that they will be donating the remainder of the sponsorship funds to Make-A-Wish Malaysia.


F1 in Schools Challenge held at Garden International School


This year’s competition was adjudicated by a total of six representatives from F1 in Schools Malaysia, Epsom College and GIS. Besides the speed of their respective race cars, the teams were also judged based on their overall product design both visually and technically, portfolio, verbal presentation, pit display and marketing strategy. Among the categories GIS teams won are Best Portfolio by team Apeiros and Best Verbal Presentation by team Pulse.


“What a fantastic day it was and a real testament to the hard work all students have been putting in over the last few months,” said Ryan Ball, Head of Design and Technology, GIS. “The skills and knowledge of the students have increased massively throughout this process, in a range of areas; not only engineering, design and manufacturing skills but also creativity, teamwork and perseverance. It was great to celebrate their successes and we look forward to working with Lucendi further in their preparation for the World Finals 2018!”


Students get to experience racing an F1 car through the head-to-head simulators

About F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged nine to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars. Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. The founding constitution of F1 in Schools stipulates that it is, and shall remain, a not-for-profit organisation. Funds raised through sponsorship are invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. All income is deployed in accordance with guidelines laid down by Formula One Management. The challenge is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market.



About Garden International School

Garden International School (GIS) is one of the world’s leading international schools with a strong academic track record. Our high quality, holistic education ensures that our students leave us well equipped for life; it is not surprising that GIS students are in demand across the world and are sought after by the world’s best universities. GIS students benefit from our unique, innovative teaching and learning philosophy, integrating knowledge and skill development, supported by 66 years of heritage and a thriving alumni global network.


Accredited by the Council of International Schools, GIS is one of the oldest and most distinguished schools in Malaysia with two campuses: Primary and Secondary School in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur and an Early Years Centre in Desa Sri Hartamas. GIS provides British-based education for students ages three to 18 years of age across our Early Years Centre (Nursery to Reception), Primary School (Year 1 to Year 6) and Secondary School (Year 7  to Year 13).


The school has been teaching the National Curriculum of England and Wales with modifications designed to meet the needs of international students. With over 2,000 students, GIS is the biggest private co-educational school in Malaysia. Garden International School, bringing out the best in you since 1951.


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