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Students crowned Land Rover 4X4 in Schools UK Champions

Students from Clyst Valley School in Devon celebrate trophy win and a place at the inaugural 4X4 in Schools World Final

Posted by Hannah Oakman | April 22, 2015 | Sports & leisure

The Devon students are celebrating after scooping one of the UK’s most coveted school STEM challenge trophies. The team of 14-16 year olds were named Land Rover 4x4 in Schools UK Champions at Jaguar Land Rover’s Design and Engineering Centre in Gaydon for the second year running.

The ‘Clystalians’ team took on a variety of challenges in the competition, including the tough track challenge with an obstacle driving course through, over and around a Range Rover Sport car. As well as winning the UK title, the team of 14-16 year olds won the Best Track Performance Award for their skills on this course. Clyst Valley Community school also celebrated winning third place overall, with a sister team of students, ‘Supacats’ joining Clystalians on the podium.

 Young people from across the UK competed in the challenge and 25 teams, comprising more than 100 young people from as far afield as Scotland and Northern Ireland, secured a place in the final after competing in regional finals earlier this year.

 In the challenge, groups of students design and build a remote controlled scale-model 4x4 all-terrain vehicle that must negotiate challenging obstacles on a bespoke track. The teams present their work and knowledge of 4x4 vehicle designs to a panel of judges and have their remote control car put under intense scrutiny by vehicle design specialists, against a comprehensive set of rules and regulations.

Zacc Tullett, Team Manager for Cystalians said, “We are delighted to win the Land Rover 4x4 UK Final and are really looking forwards to taking part in the World Final in June. I think the secret of our success is great teamwork. We used a lightweight aviation grade carbon fibre and Kevlar body which helped us win the ‘Best Track Performance’ award. The Challenge has really shown us the career opportunities available in engineering and at least two of us are now interested in pursuing engineering careers.”

Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations for Jaguar Land Rover said, “The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge demonstrates the importance and relevance of STEM subjects and we hope it will encourage more youngsters to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing. The students have demonstrated a depth of understanding in vehicle design, development, research and manufacturing which goes far beyond the classroom teaching. The standard of the vehicles and level of knowledge and enthusiasm of the teams are very impressive. Congratulations to ‘Clystalians’ on winning the UK final and best of luck to them for the world finals in June.'

Clystalians’ were delighted to win an Arkwright scholarship from Land Rover, a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams University, a Land Rover 4x4 Track Experience and the prestigious Land Rover 4X4 in Schools Technology Challenge trophy.

 The team has secured a place at the inaugural Land Rover 4x4 in Schools World Final, which will take place in Ricoh Arena, Coventry in June. They will be pitted against the best Land Rover 4x4 in Schools teams from 12 other countries including Australia, UAE and India all vying for the World Champion crown.

 A total of 12 awards were presented, rewarding the hard work and high standards of work produced by the teams of students. A team of students from The King’s School in Worcester came a close second and the ‘Supacat’ team from Clyst Vale Community College came third.

 The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge was developed by Land Rover and is managed by Engineering in Motion a not-for-profit organisation funded by generous support from lead sponsors Jaguar Land Rover and supporting sponsors and partners the Institution of Engineering and Technology, WNT, Denford Limited, LUKE, Raspberry Pi and Harper Adams University.

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

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