Landrover 4x4 Technology ChallengeThe Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge is to build a radio controlled four-wheel drive (4x4) vehicle to the specifications provided. The car must then successfully navigate and complete obstacles on an off road test track that is just as demanding as the real thing, and emulates the capabilities of a full size 4x4 vehicle. The vehicle must be modified by the students including the building of automatic headlights and a vehicle body. Over the last 5 weeks pupils have been researching and designing different aspects of the car.
Each team of 6 pupils will enter the vehicle into a Regional Final to compete for a place at the UK National Final. It will be a tough challenge for our pupils as the competition is open to 11-19 year olds, however I’m really proud of what they have achieved so far and I know they will benefit from attending the regional finals with a view to developing their car further over the next 12 months.
4x4 challenge report
On Wednesday 11th February, 2 teams of Year 8 pupils from Walney school took part in the Landrover in schools 4x4 challenge. Along with Mrs Campbell, Mr Mullaney and Mr Magee we set off for the factory in Liverpool at 6.30am.
We had spent the previous 5 weeks working extremely hard to design and build a remote control 4x4 vehicle, to strict criteria. This included designing a body for the car, a set of automatic lights and a tilt sensor.
We were really pleased with our efforts and certainly not put off by the competition, some of whom were much older and started their builds earlier in the year. Both teams had to negotiate two courses; one challenging the steering and control of the vehicle; the second towing a trailer testing similar skills.
We were also put under pressure having to produce a portfolio for the event and present to engineers from Jaguar Landrover.
We really enjoyed ourselves giving statements such as
"It was a good day competing against other schools”
"It was exciting and nerve racking”
We were then assessed against the other 12 teams attending in various categories. Unfortunately on this occasion we didn't win any awards however we did gain invaluable experience and now know what we need to do over the coming year.