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Caistor students win through to WNT 4X4 in Schools national final
Caistor students win through to WNT 4X4 in Schools national final

Caistor students win through to WNT 4X4 in Schools national final

Added to MTDCNC by WNT (UK) Ltd on 19 February 2013

A team of students from Caistor, Lincolnshire, is celebrating victory in the first round of a major national STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) competition. The ‘Caistor Crawlers’ team beat off strong opposition in the Northern Regional Final of the 4x4 in Schools Challenge held at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant with a remote-controlled 4X4 vehicle they designed and manufactured. The ‘Caistor Crawlers’ have now secured a place at the National Final, which is taking place in March. The winning team will have the chance to win a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams College as well as several other coveted prizes.

Team members Ryan Laycock, George Dray and Fred Holmes, all aged 14, collected the Best Engineering Award on the way to overall Regional Finals success. Ryan said of the team’s success, “We’ve had a brilliant day. This has been one of the best experiences of my life.” Team mate George Dray added, “The secret to our success was good planning, team work and a very good steering system. I’d recommend this competition to everyone.” Fred added, “I’ve really enjoyed competing today. It was good seeing the other teams’ vehicles and driving our car around the track. I can’t believe we’ve won! It’s great that our hard work over the past six months has paid off.”

Sixteen teams travelled from across the North including County Durham, Yorkshire, Manchester and Wilmslow to compete in the competition. ‘Deva Centurions’ team from Chester Catholic High School  and Team Jackal from Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College in Loughborough also won awards and have secured places at the National Finals.

Tony Pennington, Managing Director of 4x4 in Schools Challenge sponsor WNT (UK) said, “WNT (UK) is proud to be sponsoring the 4x4 in Schools Challenge and all of our team has been impressed by the extremely high standards of engineering and innovation being shown by these young students. The challenge is a demanding one and everyone involved has raised their game and we can be confident that there will be the engineers of tomorrow coming out of this event. At WNT UK) we feel that it is important to encourage engineering at an early age and our technical sales team are fully committed to this particular project, becoming STEM advisors and working with the students to encourage them during the development stages of their vehicles.”

David Lakin, National Project Manager, 4x4 in Schools adds, “We’ve had a very successful event with highly competitive teams, plenty of excitement and a tough job for the judges to select the winners, with all the teams showing us excellent work. The time that these students have dedicated to the competition, most of which is outside of school time, must be commended, and it also shows just how inspirational it is for them. The skills the students learn are not only academic, but extend to the life skills everyone needs to succeed including  team work and confidence which are so valuable to them for their future careers.”

Students participating in the 4x4 in Schools Challenge design and build remote controlled four wheel drive vehicles. The teams present their work at the regional finals to an expert panel that scrutinise the cars against a comprehensive set of rules and regulations. The most nerve-wracking element of the competition comes when they drove their bespoke designed vehicle on a model off-road track, with a variety of surfaces and obstacles for the vehicle to tackle, testing breadth of capability expected of Land Rover 4x4 vehicles.

The teams will now prepare for the 4 x 4 in Schools National Final, which will be held on Thursday 14th March at the Big Bang Fair, ExCel London.

The 4x4 in Schools Challenge takes place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters. Amongst these are Jaguar Land Rover, The IET, WNT (UK) and Harper Adams College.

For further information about the 4 x4 in Schools technology challenge visit www.4x4inschools.co.uk


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