1. Team Name

Team Apex

2. Explain how you chose your team name

We chose the name “Apex” as it is has more than one meaning whilst having a direct link with Formula 1. In F1 terms, the Apex is the middle point of the inside line around a corner at which drivers aim their car. Hitting the apex allows the car to take the straightest line and maintain the highest speed through that specific corner, ensuring success. The term “Apex” can also be known as the highest point of achievement, which we believe represents us well as our main goal is to strive to the best of our abilities to bring back success for our country.

3. Country/s represented

Scotland

4. School/s represented

Deans Community High School

5. Town of School(s)

Livingston

6. Number of males / Number of females on team

5 Females and 1 Male

7. Link to team Facebook page

Click here!

8. Team Twitter handle

@ApexF1iS

 9. Link to team website

Click here!

10. Briefly outline the history of your team

Our team is made up of six students currently in our senior phase of High School. We were compiled in October 2014 and this is our first F1 in Schools competition as a team. As a group of individuals with a passion for STEM subjects we came together as a team with a desire to win and be crowned the Formula 1 in Schools World Champions in 2015.  Having qualified through both the Regional and UK finals of the challenge, we have been working to complete various aspects of the project whilst undertaking our national exams.

11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)

Team Apex ranked 3rd at the Regional Finals and also picked up the “Team Identity” award. At national level, Team Apex was the highest scoring Scottish team and therefore qualified as the sole representatives of Scotland at the World Finals.

12. Describe your team in three words

Ambitious. Passionate. Resilient.

13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?

We all agree that the quality that makes us stand out from other teams is our passion for the competition and our outgoing attitude. We believe our positivity shines through each of our personalities and has supported our optimistic outlook - never giving up when we are faced with any challenge.  At both regional and national finals we were recognised by many of the judges and other competing teams for our positive outlook and willingness to overcome problems of unforeseen challenges that we faced.

14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?

The most exciting moment of course has to be being crowned Scottish Champions at the UK National final. We were all speechless; all we could do was smile (and let out a few tears of joy!!). That moment suddenly made all of our hard work and dedication worth it and we could not have been happier to know that we would be representing our country in Singapore.

15. We can laugh now - Tell us about one of your team’s funniest moments, maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!

A memory that always makes us giggle is the night before the national competition. It was around 2am and we were all crowded in a hotel room with our friends, Team Vortex, who were also competing the following day (or in a few hours time!). We were all absolutely exhausted and so stressed. We had 3D printers on the go printing front wings which we had received from suppliers before we had left and were not correct, not to mention trying to get double sided tape attached to our pit display banners in preparation for the next morning in the middle of the hotel lobby. It was truly blood, sweat and tears. Nothing was going right but eventually we all pulled through and could not stop laughing at the mess we were in.

16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?

Our biggest challenge definitely has to be time constraints. Team Apex have been extremely dedicated towards the project and dedicated their time after school hours to complete everything for previous heats of the competition. With mock exams and our finals exams since qualifying for the World Finals, we have been extremely busy and had to keep up with our school work whilst making sure we do not fall behind with F1iS things. Since we are shipping things over to Singapore from Scotland we are ensuring everything is completed by mid-August, therefore we have had to dedicate majority of our summer holidays to coming into school and working on the project. We have also created gantt charts and regular to-do lists for each member to ensure they are working on schedule whilst ensuring everything is done at the highest possible standard.

17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?

We are extremely excited to meet lots of new friends and experience the variety of cultures from all around the world.  There is also that exceptional (but very nervous!) moment when your car is placed onto the track for the first time, which is made all that more intense knowing that the race is being watched all over the world!  The project is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of an international competition and may well be the only chance that our team members have to represent their country on an international stage.

18. What are your expectations for the WFs?

We are expecting a high standard of work and effort from every team; it will definitely be a tough competition.  We think that there will undoubtedly be moments of controversy with teams pushing the boundaries in their attempts to be innovative, whilst at the same time willingness for all teams to support one another and make new friends.  We are expecting it to be a week we will definitely never forget.

19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1?  Who’s your favourite driver(s)? 

We all love Formula 1, which only makes the competition even more exciting! Our favourite driver has got to be Lewis Hamilton. He is not only British but all the girls in our team love him.