Team Rhino SA, a team of an all-girls team of 17-year-olds from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, KwaZulu-Natal together with The Insomniacs, a team of 16 and 17 year old boys from Roshnee Islamic School, will represent South Africa in one of the world’s top education challenge world finals.
The Land Rover 4×4 in Schools World Finals 2019 on 14 and 15 April will bring together national champions from around the globe to compete for the World Champions title. The competition will be held over two days at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK, close to Jaguar Land Rover’s headquarters and students will also participate in a visit to the company’s Gaydon Design and Engineering Centre to learn about its automated, connected and electric innovations and career opportunities.
The learners have used software coding to design and build a remote-controlled scale model four-wheel-drive all-terrain vehicle capable of negotiating obstacles and road surfaces including water dips, a rope bridge, and rocks – all on a bespoke Land Rover track replicating the capabilities of a full-size SUV. The teams will also present their work and knowledge of vehicle design and engineering to a panel of expert judges drawn from industry and within Jaguar Land Rover.
Tanita Lakram, 17 of Team Rhino said: “We are out to show that engineering is for girls too. With very little engineering knowledge at the outset, we have developed our vehicle through sheer hard work. Our modular design with recyclable and reusable parts makes our car unique. We’ve developed our confidence from doing the challenge as well as expanding on our classroom learning. We’re excited to be taking the South African spirit to the UK.”
“We have a great passion for science, technology and learning in general and we were keen to do the challenge as an opportunity to put our knowledge and skills against others in a competition all the while learning even more. Our car is made from an experimental material and we have incorporated plenty of technology into it. We are looking forward to meeting new people and learning through this experience,” Sulaimaan Chamda, 16 of the Insomniacs.
Over 15,000 young people have taken part in the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Challenge competition since it was established in 2006. The competition was launched globally in 2015 and now operates in 20 countries. ENDS
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About Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge
The Challenge involves three to six team members working together to design and build a radio-controlled four-wheel-drive vehicle, to set specifications. The vehicle must be able to successfully negotiate a specially designed test track emulating real life and it must perform as a full-size SUV would do off-road.
The two-day World Finals competition will include judging sessions with car scrutineering, pit and portfolio displays, verbal presentation, research, design and engineering assessments, as well as a coding challenge. At its conclusion a celebratory awards evening will crown the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools World Champions 2019. Following all their hard work the students will have a local cultural visit and a tour of the Jaguar Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre in Warwickshire.
The engineering industry requires creative, multi-disciplined individuals who are capable of problem solving through individual tasks and working in motivated teams. This project replicates a ‘real-life’ work situation where specialists come together to share intellectual and practical ideals to resolve a complex problem. The Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to work in teams to gain awareness and understanding of project management and other key skills, as well as linking with engineering companies through STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassadors. The ambassadors are graduate engineers from companies including Jaguar Land Rover, who support teams as industrial mentors and provide ‘hands-on’ support to the project. www.4x4inschools.com