Land Rover 4x4 in schools

Col­lege pupils to ra­dio race in UK

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Re­porter.

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.