Jaguar primary schools race car challenge UK finals showcases young engineering talent

Jaguar Land Rover is inspiring young engineering talent at an early age with the Jaguar Primary School Challenge. Following various regional finals across the nation, the best young minds will compete in the Jaguar Primary School Challenge UK National Finals.

In the challenge, teams of young children design, make, test and race a miniature race car. Students use computer techniques and foundation engineering skills to create a car which is fired along a 20-metre track by a compressed air canister.

35 teams from across the UK will compete in the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge National Finals at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire this summer.

Students are judged on all elements of their work including a written portfolio, a project presentation and describing their engineering designs to a panel of experts from Jaguar Land Rover, in addition to the all-important track racing. Understanding how design and engineering influence speed is just as important as the stopwatch in this race to the chequered flag.

Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson Victoria Perry said: “We need more bright young minds to join Jaguar Land Rover and help us design and create our innovative future vehicles and technologies. As well as being fun and providing an insight into the world of engineering, we hope the competition sparks an early interest in STEM subjects and inspires students to become our next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers.”

Mark Wemyss-Holden, project manager for the challenge, said: “Bringing education to life with practical application of science and engineering, as well as students working closely as a team and the fun of racing a car makes the Jaguar Primary School Challenge one of the best competitions for this age group. The students are totally engaged, enjoy learning and gain so many skills, both academic and social, by competing and sharing their experiences.”

The Jaguar Primary School Challenge was launched in the UK in 2011 to offer primary school children an exciting and engaging engineering project. In 2015, the programme was launched globally with the goal of helping the company engage with two million young people by 2020. It is the only hands-on STEM school challenge of its kind, and has been proven to spark a long-term interest in engineering.

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