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Formula One Pioneers

10 September 2015

It may have taken two years of hard work, hope and heartache, but Team Helios are finally on their way to F1 in Schools World Final in Singapore.

F1 in Schools is a truly global educational programme that raises awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) and Formula One among students and school children in every region, in every country, on every continent. They work with committed industry partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One.


For the first time ever, five determined students from BIS HCMC are travelling to the world’s biggest school competition to race against the best. As the first team to ever represent Vietnam in the competition, they are already making history, but they go in as the underdogs and will face some stiff competition from the likes of the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA.

Despite being up against 47 teams from around the globe, over several days of gruelling competition, Team Helios remain confident, spurred on by the challenges that they have already overcome.

Two years ago, Mr. McGraw, the teams’ charismatic business teacher, suggested that they entered the competition. The challenge? To design, construct and race the fastest Formula One car for the future, powered by compressed air cylinders. Little did they know when embarking on this journey; that was just the beginning.

The team had to decide job roles; Team Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Graphic Designer and Resource Manager.  They then had to form a Business and Sponsorship Plan, prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship.  The teams are also encouraged to collaborate with industry and create business links.

Every element of the competition is designed to emulate that of a professional Formula One team, and they will be judged on everything from their super slick cars to their sponsorship support. In Vietnam, Formula One is not nearly as popular as it is in other countries and the team has faced a real challenge in finding suitable sponsorship support. However, they remain undeterred and hope that their success in getting to this year’s competition will make it easier for teams in the future to find commercial backing.

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Kisum Chan, Team Manager, said: “It is overwhelming. So much effort and work over the last two years, it’s so satisfying to see [the car] work for the first time. When we get back from Singapore, we already have a few sessions planned with three potential teams so that we can pass over the torch.”

Nhi Trinh, Design Engineer, and the only female team member, is looking forward to “the whole experience. It’s not your usual school trip!”

In case you were wondering, the name ‘Helios’ comes from Greek mythology. Helios was the personification of the sun and was perceived as possessing great speed and strength as he rode his chariots.

Go forth Team Helios, with great speed and strength, and in the knowledge that Team BIS HCMC is right behind you.

Team Helios would like to say a special thanks to their sponsors:

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You can follow Team Helios on Twitter @BISHeliosF1 or via their website: www.heliosf1.com

For more information on the competition, visit: www.f1inschools.co.uk

You can also follow all of the action live on their YouTube Channel: F1inSchoolsUK

If you would like the opportunity to discuss sponsorship for F1 in Schools 2016, please contact Mark McGraw