Thursday 19th January 2006 by C. Freeman
'Thinking outside the box' yields results for College students
Attitude, teamwork, great presentation skills and an 'ability to think outside the box' gave Brooke Weston students the edge at a national competition.
Victorious 'Team Flu' scooped the innovative thinking award at the Jaguar F1 Team in Schools Challenge after months of developing and perfecting model cars which were raced at regional and national events.
The way the Year 10 students handled the design, development, sponsorship and presentation of the project meant that, even though they did not have the fastest car at the national championships, they were awarded an impressive glass trophy, the latest in a series of trophies won by the College at this event.
The Trophy and the Cars
Head of Design Technology, Angela Quinlivan said: 'The award was really for thinking outside the box, it had less to do with the design and speed of the car but was more concerned with the sponsorship raised and presentation that the students gave. We're really proud of this award and Team Flu have worked very hard to achieve it.'
The team, which consists of Zafir Manji, Ben Johnson, Robert Squires, Elliot Thurland, Miles Harris and Jonathan Mallender travelled to the NEC in Birmingham for a gruelling day of racing and presenting their ideas to the judging panel.
Zafir, who was team manager both last year and at this latest attempt said: 'Initially we didn't realise we'd won anything so the award was a brilliant surprise! It was really for the thinking behind the design and we had to give a Powerpoint presentation to the judges and explain our reasoning behind the design.' Such was their attention to detail that the Brooke Weston students tested their car in a wind tunnel which they made themselves!
Zafir said: 'The main thing about this project was the way we all learned to work as part of a team, I can really recommend this challenge for any students who want to get involved next year.'
Having competed in the challenge for two years Team Flu now have to hand the mantle over to other would-be designers, their impressive track record certainly sets the standard for future Brooke Weston teams!
Team Flu would like to thank everybody who so generously provided sponsorship for this Challenge. A total of £ 500 was raised from local agencies, companies and donors; it was much appreciated and greatly enhanced Team Flu's overall project and presentation.