Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge
The 17-year running education program encourages young people to learn more about engineering and develop an interest in automotive careers. This year thousands of students across the globe were given 3-6 months to build a miniature remote-controlled 4x4 vehicle which would then be tested on tough tracks including wire bridges and rock crawl.The ‘Wombat Warriors’ team from the Pine Rivers State School in Australia were crowned winners at the 4x4 world final held in Coventry and went home holding the title of ‘best overall performance and verbal presentation’. The winning team impressed the judges by demonstrating outstanding engineering and designing skills. The ‘Wombat Warriors’ received an Arkwright scholarship from Land Rover, a scholarship at Harper Adams University and a Jaguar Land Rover Academy e-mentoring programme.The team of 16-years-olds spent more than 600 hours working on their vehicle and claimed that teamwork was what made them so successful. Team leader Lily Eiseman said ‘We’d all thoroughly recommend the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge’. Jaguar Land Rover are looking to engage 5 million students in their annual challenges by 2020 especially young people from Brazil and Slovakia where new manufacturing plants will be built.