The 2018 Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge Finals competition is set to be a show stopper as the 30 winning teams representing various primary schools in Gauteng will be going head-head on Saturday, 1st December at Scibono.
The challenge has become well-known and recognised 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,” says Bez Sangari, CEO, Sangari Education.
The 2018 competition saw over 45 teams participating since the beginning of the 2018 season in March. Each team consists of 4 – 6 members who are required to design, manufacture and race their own miniature Formula One cars.
The teams that register 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 teams that will be going to the Gauteng finals have all been successful in their various regional and district competitions which hosted 30 teams each. Ten winning teams from each region will go through to the provincial elimination races in 2019.
The thirty schools with teams to do battle in the Gauteng finals are Arthur Matthews Primary School, Baweze Full Service School, Everest Primary School, Summerwood Primary School, Discovery Primary School, Pinegrove Primary School, Laerskool Meyerspark Primary, Fleurhof Primary School, Masekhene Primary School, Laerskool Horison, Fortune Kunene Primary School, Glenanda Primary School, M.C Weiler Primary School, Learskool Voortrekker Eeufees, Laerskool Witpoort, Eendracht Laerskool, Jozua Naude Primary School, Nantes Primary School, Glenstantia primary School, Rebinwe Primary School, Kaalfontein Primary School, Molefe Mooke Primary School, Pioneer Primary School, Kwanele Primary School, Impala Primary School, Bramley Primary School, Musengavhadzimu Primary School and Summerwood Primary School.
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.”