Land Rover 4x4 in schools
College pupils to radio race in UK
MARITZBURG College Grade 11 pupils Bevan Roets (16) and Matthew Cornelius (17) have been chosen to participate in the Land Rover 4x4 inSchools Challenge, which takes place next month in the UK.
It will be the first time there will be South African youth taking part in this global Land Rover schools’ TD challenge.
They are part of the “Bayete Boys”, a group that has been part of Project Rhino KZN’s Youth Rhino Ambassador group since 2014.
Last year, their pupils attended the Winter 2015 Youth Rhino Summit, gave presentations to other schools in KZN, helped us launch the online #RhinoShoutOutChallenge, and one of their top pupils was part of the delegation that we sent to Hanoi, Vietnam to present the World Youth Wildlife Declaration to Vietnamese government and youth leaders, as part of the U.S.-Vietnam Government’s Operation Game Change demand reduction campaign.
This year, they’re continuing their great support. The Land Rover 4x4 in-Schools Technology Challenge that Matthew and Bevan will compete in is an international event involving teenagers who are involved in any out-of-school initiative, from Girl Guides to Youth Clubs.
The challenge involves four to six team members working together to design and build a radio controlled four-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle, to set specifications, that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do. KZN’s two boys will make up a team with two boys from Jo’burg.
Gerry McGovern — Land Rover design director said: “Creative thinking, innovation and problem solving have always been some of the fundamental reasons behind Land Rover’s success. It’s extremely important we as a company develop these core skills in the next generation of Land Rover designers so we continue to produce vehicles that are used all around the world. This is why I am delighted and honoured to be patron of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge as this project not only develops pupils’ creative and hands-on skills but also highlights the importance of working together as a team which is what Land Rover is all about.”
The Bayete Boys sent out a big thanks to Land Rover Pietermaritzburg, Husqvarna, CPW and Nuvo Rubber for their support; and to Wildlands for its amazing Rhino mascot.
Wooden keyrings that Maritzburg College Grade 11 pupils Bevan Roets (16) and Matthew Cornelius (17) will take to a Land Rover challenge in the UK next month.