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Land Rover's TrackNAVCHALLENGE 2008


11th July, 2008

Land Rover's TrackNAVCHALLENGE 2008

Months of dedication and team work paid off this month for students from Chase Terrace Technology College, Burntwood, when they were crowned the winners of Land Rover's TrackNAVCHALLENGE 2008, held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, England.

Launched last year, TrackNAVCHALLENGE is a competition aimed primarily at 14-18 year olds. Teams of 4-6 are tasked with designing and building a radio-controlled 4-wheel drive vehicle that emulates what a full size Land Rover can do.

Successful navigation of the vehicle over a specially designed track, developed and built by D3, ensures that it has met specifications set out by Land Rover engineers and educational specialists.

In addition, a portfolio detailing the experience, design and decision making process, along with financial records and a presentation to a panel of judges, means that this challenge meets academic and industry standard benchmarks.

The challenge is designed to introduce young people to the world of engineering and enterprise in a relevant and appropriate manner that is fun, exciting and challenging.

TrackNAVCHALLENGE can be undertaken by groups of four to six Key Stage 4 or 5 pupils in lessons – such as GCSE Engineering and GCSE Design and Technology – or as an extra curricular activity. It has been awarded customised accreditation by ASDAN and meets CREST award requirements at the Silver standard. It will also support the delivery of the engineering diploma starting in September and helps to meet the employer engagement requirements of the 14-19 curriculum.

TrackNAVCHALLENGE's Manager, Ruth Martin said: "Land Rover launched the challenge last year to provide students and staff with a hands-on practical experience that would enhance the delivery of engineering and design and technology specifications in the classroom. It provides students with an insight into what is involved within a real engineering environment in a fun and stimulating way."

Today's 2008 winning team members were each rewarded with a Land Rover mountain bike and a day at their local Land Rover experience centre where they will have the opportunity to experience Land Rover's supremacy in off-road capability. Halfords supported the event by presenting the winning team with bicycle safety helmets. The school department who supported the winning team were also acknowledged for their support and dedication to the challenge, when Land Rover handed them a cheque for £3,000 to spend on capital equipment to support the delivery of the curriculum.

Sponsored by Rapid Electronics, an award for Best Electronics was also presented to Chase Terrace's 'A-Team' and the Innovation and Creativity award, sponsored by Ricardo, was received by the team from Carmarthen College in Wales. Cranfield University sponsored the Winch Test award which was presented to the 'Thermal Racing' team from Ballyclare High School in Northern Ireland.

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