Ozzies top in model 4x4s
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.