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Seacon sponsors local school for the Land Rover 4x4 School Technology Challenge

21 Mar 2018

Seacon sponsors a local primary school who are competiting in The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge. This is a STEM enhancement and enrichment initiative that gives young people an insight into what it takes to become an engineer. The project hopes to raise awareness, interest, enjoyment and enthusiasm in, science, technology, engineering and maths through a practical ‘hands on’ experience.

Seacon will be supporting 'Team Wildcats' who are a Remote Control 4x4 Car Team. They have designed, manufactured and tweaked their own Remote Control 4x4 Car for the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge.

So far in the competition, Team Wildcats have competed in the regional finals of the Land Rover 4x4 In Schools Technology Challenge at Jaguar Land Rover Halewood. They came first in Development Class for the innovative designing of the vehicle gaining the team, ‘The Best Engineered Vehicle Award (Development Class)’, out maneuvering all other opponents on the present track earning the ‘Best Track Performance’ and overall score (All Classes). Team Wildcats have also received the ‘Judges Discretionary Award’ for their work on the day (All Classes). Since then, they have developed the car so much it is barely recognisable in comparison to our previous car. After redesigning the side panels in order to reduce weight, they also vauum formed the side panels to make them look better and to make the overall appearance more aesthetically appealing. The rest of the body has been laser cut out of Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and spray painted black to keep the whole car the same colour theme. Lastly, they have implemented solar panel charging technology to display their understanding of sustainability, as the slogan of Land Rover is “Innovation, Sustainability

The next stage of their journey, is to compete in the National Finals in Warwickshire at the British Motor Museum on the 21st - 23rd March 2018. This stage of the competition is a two day event in which will be manoeuvring over an adapted, improved obstacle-filled track, towing a trailer forwards and in reverse, and competing in an arduino coding challenge. This arduino challenge was first witnessed at last year’s World Finals and consists of coding an autonomous vehicle to navigate a present course using an arduino uno. They will be presenting their design to a panel of judges and will be setting up a pit display to promote thier journey and design concepts.

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