A team of students from Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena, beat off strong opposition in the finals of the 2009/2010 GT in Schools Sports Car Design Challenge held at last week's Big Bang Science Fair in Manchester. They had called themselves 'Numbskulls' but the team of four 15 and 16 year old boys had given themselves a very inapt name, as they were the cream of the teams competing in this prestigious educational initiative.
Jonathan Bristow, Paul McCaughern, David Gordon, and Steven McMahon took the National GT in Schools title, and also won Best GT Design and Best GT Sketch awards underlining their supremacy in the competition. Close on the heels of the Northern Irish team taking the runners up spot and Best Engineered GT Car Award was Xlence, a team from Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle. A sister team from this school, Synergy, collected the Best Sales and Marketing Award. The third place team, Zero Gravity, from Robert Mays School, Odiham, Hampshire, also had the fastest GT car. A Best Clay Model Award was presented to Cougar Saints from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Skelmersdale and the Best Innovation Award was won by Carbon Fibrez, St. Bedes School, Peterlee, County Durham.
The GT in Schools Sports Car Design Challenge is aimed at students aged from 11 – 18 years (Key stages 3-5) and the challenge is to design, build and race a model GT sports car, closely following the real life process which engineers in automotive companies such as Jaguar Land Rover follow including sketching, modelling, analysing and testing as well as racing. The GT in Schools finals drew together regional finalist teams to compete against each other for the national title and a special trophy and prize presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations for Jaguar Land Rover, said of the GT in Schools finals, “All the teams developed very unique sports cars and had put considerable time and effort into their work, with detailed drawings, elaborate models and in-depth research. The students are very knowledgeable about the design and development process and have a good grasp of engineering basics which I'm sure will be invaluable in their future careers, whichever path they decide to follow. Congratulations to Numbskulls on taking the GT in Schools title, although I think they should change the name of their team now!”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, adds, “We've seen some very innovative sports cars this week with the students showing great enterprise in their approach to the GT in Schools challenge. This initiative is an excellent opportunity for students to apply classroom learning in a fun, competitive environment and we've seen all our finalists benefiting from taking part in it, as well as having a very enjoyable day at the Big Bang Science Fair.”
The 2009/2010 GT in Schools Sports Car Challenge winners
National GT in Schools Champions, Best GT Design and Best GT Sketch Awards:
Numbskulls, Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena
Runners Up, GT in Schools and Best Engineered GT Car Award:
Xlence, Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle
3rd place and Fastest GT Car Award:
Zero Gravity, Robert Mays School, Odiham, Hampshire
Best Sales and Marketing Award:
Synergy, Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle
Best Clay Model Award:
Cougar Saints, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School, Skelmersdale,
Best Innovation Award:
Carbon Fibrez, St. Bedes School, Peterlee, County Durham
Top Picture shows (left to right): Les Ratcliffe Head of Community Relations, Jaguar Land Rover with Numbskulls from Cambridge Hosue Grammar School, Ballymena: David Gordon, Paul McCaughern, Jonathan Bristow, and Steven McMahon.
A team of students from Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena, beat off strong opposition in the finals of the 2009/2010 GT in Schools Sports Car Design Challenge held at last week’s Big Bang Science Fair in Manchester...
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