The first 2018 Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge Regional competition was held on Saturday 13 October at Scibono. The competition, now in its third year, saw some 17 teams representing 15 schools battle it out to be the best in Gauteng.
The competition is fully subscribed with 33 teams who have been participating since the beginning of the 2018 season in March. The competition requires teams to design, manufacture and race their own miniature Formula One cars. The challenge has become well-known worldwide as an educational competition that actively promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It is a prestigious and fun event where the value of learning is showing exceptional results with the students involved.
The teams registered for the competition are divided into districts, namely: Johannesburg South and West; Ekurhuleni North and South; Gauteng East and Sedibeng East and West; Sedibeng West and Johannesburg East and North; Gauteng West and North, Tshwane North and South and Tshwane South and West districts.
The regional competitions host 30 teams each and the ten winning teams from each region go through to the provincial elimination races in 2019.
Pieter du Plessis, F1 in Schools programme manager at Sangari Education, explained: “The programme develops a true entrepreneurial spirit in students, who are required to prepare a business plan, do research and build contacts with industry to gain sponsorship. Students gain first-hand experience in marketing and accounting, which are needed to provide a complete portfolio as part of the competition.”
The winners of the first regionals were Team Fireballs from Laerskool Horizon in Roodepoort. They won best verbal presentation and first place overall. Second place went to team Autobots from Kwanele Primary School in Katlehong, East Rand. Third place was claimed by team F1 Fleuries from Fleurhof in Roodepoort.
Other winners were AMS Legends from Arthur Matthews Primary School in Roodepoort. They walked away with the best pit display. Team Light Speed from Glenview primary in Brackenhurst, Alberton took the best-engineered car award.
“We have an exciting year ahead of racing in Gauteng. For the regionals we are trying to limit traveling between districts and are using Scibono Discovery Centre in Newtown as the central venue to host the events rather than travel to different venues,” said Mr du Plessis.