1.  Team Name

Cyclopentane

2. Explain how you chose your team name

At the very beginning of our team, we only have five team members. So we used pentagon as our team Logo. One day when we were on the organic chemistry class, we realized that the pentagon looks just like the “cyclopentane”. As every team members are crazy about chemistry, we decided to use “cyclopentane” as our name.

3. Country/s represented

China

4. School/s represented

Beijing Yucai School

5. Town of School(s)

Xicheng District, Beijing

6. Number of males /  Number of females on team

5 boys and 1 girl

7. Teams Facebook page

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8. Teams Twitter handle

@Cyclopentane_

9. Teams website

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10. Briefly outline the history of your team

As 2015 is the first year that F1 in Schools, a 15 year old worldwide competition, held in China, we are very lucky to be the first bunch of students benefit from F1 in Schools in China. We are totally a rookie team as all of our team members have no engineering experience and unfamiliar with the protocol of F1 in Schools. Our team was set up in April, 2015, with only 5 months history, we experienced a lot, learnt a lot and won a lot. We treat ourselves as pioneers of F1 in Schools in China.

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

2015 Regional Level

Best Verbal Presentation Award

3rd Place Overall

2015 National Final

National Champion

Fastest Car Award

Best Portfolio Award

12. Describe your team in three words 

Excelsior, Hard-work, Friendly.

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

Excelsior: “Excelsior” is also our team slogan. We push the quality of every components that required in the competition to the limit. We believe that only with this attitude can we achieve a better grade, learn more knowledge and enjoy this lifetime experience.

Hard-work: Hard-work is actually the basic requirement of “excelsior”. Every team member spend a lot of time and put a lot of energy into F1 in Schools.

Friendly: As the F1 in Schools is “a lifetime experience”, we treat very team not only as competitor but also as friends, hoping to meet those outstanding youth around the world.

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

The most exciting moment for our team definitely has to be the time we came to know that we had been selected to represent the U.A.E. in the World Finals. We are charged to showcase what our team is capable of to the world.

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

One of our team’s funniest moments was when we were trying to explain the concept of the competition to a visitor during an exhibition. He asked us questions like ‘Where does the engine go?, ‘So, this is a toy?’, ‘Can my son make it?’. It was quite stressful trying to make him understand, but in the end he was on board and ended up giving us his business card!

16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?

The biggest challenge in the competition is definitely time management.  Three members of our team have responsibilities at school in addition to their commitments in the team. The whole team has to find a way to balance our team duties, studies and family all at the same time. It does seem to get stressful at times but from each other’s support we always managed to push through. 

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

We are most looking forward to meeting teams from all around the world. Our team finds it very exciting that we get to meet people of different cultures and backgrounds and we share our different experiences of this competition. We are also looking forward to getting our car on the race track to see if the time and effort we put behind it pays off.

18. What are your expectations for the WFs?

An experience of a lifetime.

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

Our team are enthusiasts of Formula 1 and our favourite driver has to be the legendary Lewis Hamilton.