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Tuesday 27 June 2017, Whitley, Coventry – Primary school pupils from Castle View, Birmingham, raced to victory in the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge, one of the UK’s largest design and engineering school competitions.
Spitfire Speeders, a team of 9 and 10-year-old pupils from Topcliffe Primary School won the Jaguar Primary School Challenge 2017 national final at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire. The students designed, built and raced miniature cars powered by compressed air. The winners also impressed the judges with their communication skills, engineering knowledge and teamwork and also won the Fastest Car Award, Best Portfolio and Pit Display Award and the Electric Car Challenge Award.
In the final the children also built miniature kit versions of the Panasonic Jaguar Racing I-TYPE 1 racecar and designed a bespoke aerodynamic body. The Formula E team is using its involvement in the all-electric racing series to inspire the next generation of engineers and help address a growing skills shortage in the industry.
The Challenge has grown in recent years, with thousands of young people aged six to 11 from schools across the UK competing. Teams spend up to six months developing and testing their race cars, often with the support of local engineering companies. They then compete in regional events for places in the national final. At each stage teams are judged on specification, engineering, marketing, presentation and race speed.
Victoria Perry, Community Affairs Manager, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "Jaguar Land Rover wants to inspire more young people to become engineers through our school education programme to help us develop the next generation of sustainable vehicles and technologies. The Jaguar Primary School Challenge demonstrates the importance and relevance of STEM subjects to the workplace and also gives young people the chance to learn about real-life design and engineering processes. By working with students from a young age and incorporating our hugely exciting Formula E Jaguar Racing programme, we hope to encourage more youngsters to develop a passion for STEM subjects and to pursue innovative careers in our industry. Congratulations to all the pupils who took part, especially the winning team who worked very hard to secure victory."
Ellie-Mae Hands, 10-year-old team manager from Spitfire Speedsters, said: “It feels incredible to win the Challenge. We’ve worked so hard on the project over the last 9 months and have learned about engineering, team work and working under pressure. Every single one of us has been inspired to be engineers now.”
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