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20th May

LUKE for a second year running have been the official clothing partners of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools competition. This year was evermore enthralling, the young participants really stepped up their game with such ingenuity, knowledge, innovative design and tremendous hard work.

Team Ascent, a team of 16 year-old students from the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, took the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge UK Champions trophy. The team won an Arkwright scholarship from Land Rover, a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams University and a place at the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools World Final in July.

The 4x4 in Schools projects brings together engineer talents of the future. The UK finals brought together engineering talents of the future who won the regional rounds across the island earlier this year. In a close fight, Team Ascent narrowly beat runners-up, 2FAST from Richard Hale School, Hertford.

The most testing part of the challenge saw the teams test their 4x4 models on a Land Rover test track, which featured a variety of obstacles from a water dip to a rock crawl that made the vehicle go through, up and over a Range Rover. The teams were then challenged by Virgin Galactic to tow a scale version of SpaceShipTwo around Spaceport America, using their remote controlled models.

A word from the winners: “We learned so much, especially with CAD/CAM software and electronics. The Challenge has been a really amazing experience and we now all want to be engineers in automotive engineering and others in aerospace.”

The world finals will be held at Rioch Arena, Coventry in July. Team Ascent, along with runners-up 2FAST (representing England) and The Doc’s, who took the Scottish title will be competing. They will be contending for the World Champions crown against the winning teams from 15 other countries.

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