Crackley Hall School’s Firecrackers have won Best Engineered Car at this year’s National Finals of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge.
On Tuesday 11 June the team of five Year 4 pupils travelled to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire to take part in the competition. They were one of 39 schools that had won through from local Regional Finals.
Team ‘Firecrackers’, comprising Junior 4’s Amelia Hunt, Jasper Nicholls, Woody Osborn, Henry Verity and Thomas Zanyi, had been working hard, after school, all year to prepare for the day.
The challenge requires teams to research, design, manufacture, test, promote and race the fastest car possible using standard chassis and engine housing nets with a car body made only from card. It is a technical brief but one that has proven to really engage potential future engineers.
Each team took part in an Engineering judging where the team were examined on their car design and manufacturing process; a Verbal presentation where the judges were looking at technique, composition and knowledge of subject matter and a Portfolio and Pit Stop Display inspection where the team had to carefully explain their displays to the judges.
During the day, the Firecrackers also had to complete an Additional Design Technology Challenge to design and manufacture a car of the future. The focus of the exercise was once again to test the team’s ability to work together, delegate, design and manufacture.
Finally, the Firecrackers had to race their car head-to-head down the racetrack.
Standards were incredibly high but the children had worked so hard. The Firecrackers waited calmly but confidently, and when the results were announced, they could hardly believe it. They had they won the award for 'Best Engineered Car'.
Mrs Hardwick and Mrs Spillane who helped guide the Crackley Hall team were jubilant, “What an amazing day. Our Crackley Hall pupils have worked so hard. They’ve dealt with the pressure of competition brilliantly and we are so very proud of them.”
Huge thanks must also go to the team's sponsors Skywave Communications, Chapter Agency, Sew2It Sewing School, WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), Laser Tools, Race Rapid and Tow-Trust Towbars, and of course the children’s parents. We are very grateful for all your support and hard work.