Ozzies top in model 4x4s

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WHIT­LEY, UK — Teams from Aus­tralia took first and sec­ond place in the Land Rover 4x4 In Schools Global Ed­u­ca­tion Chal­lenge, an in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive that has helped the com­pany reach more than three mil­lion young peo­ple since 1999.

A to­tal of 15 awards were pre­sented, re­ward­ing the hard work and high en­gi­neer­ing stan­dards achieved.

A team from Dubbo Col­lege in Aus­tralia achieved sec­ond place and Por­tuguese stu­dents se­cured third place in the fi­nal. Teams from South Africa, Slo­vakia, Malaysia, UK, Por­tu­gal, Czech Repub­lic and USA also col­lected awards for their achieve­ments in key el­e­ments of the judg­ing process, with Team Rhino, from Mar­itzburg Col­lege and Eden­glen High School in Jo­han­nes­burg re­ceived the Judges Spe­cial Award.

The teams spent 3-6 months de­sign­ing, build­ing and test­ing minia­ture re­mote-con­trolled 4x4 ve­hi­cles to com­plete chal­leng­ing off-road tracks in re­gional and na­tional fi­nals.

They were judged on all el­e­ments of their projects from en­gi­neer­ing and mar­ket­ing to de­sign and trav­elled from coun­tries all over the world in­clud­ing the USA, South Africa and Brazil to com­pete.

The chal­lenge in­tro­duces stu­dents to en­gi­neer­ing and helps them to build skills, ex­pe­ri­ences, friend­ships and mem­o­ries which will stay with them through­out their lives. — WR.

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