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Academy pupils show off their 4X4 designs

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 04, 2013

By JENNY MOODY

15/02/13 4x4 in Schools Regional Final - JCB Academy, Rocester
The JCB Academy and schools from all the Midlands region competing to progress to the National Final of 4x4 comp.Charlie Crawshaw,Stuart Goodwin,Ben Eley,Josh Hale,Tom Bather

15/02/13 4x4 in Schools Regional Final - JCB Academy, Rocester The JCB Academy and schools from all the Midlands region competing to progress to the National Final of 4x4 comp.Charlie Crawshaw,Stuart Goodwin,Ben Eley,Josh Hale,Tom Bather

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ROCESTER pupils have been continuing the trend by once again winning a host of awards in a engineering competition.

The JCB Academy competed in the Midlands Regional 4x4 in Schools Challenge and left with a selection of awards.

This now takes them through to the national final at the Big Bang Fair, in London Excel on March 14 where they will compete to become the 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge UK champions.

The regional heats welcomed 21 teams from across the Midlands to JCB World Headquarters where officials from the 4x4 in schools judging panel graded the teams on six different areas.

The pupils were graded on engineering, scrutineering, track performance including a trailer tow, verbal presentation, project management and portfolio.

The teams representing The JCB Academy were The Dukes and Mystery Inc.

The school said they came away with three awards which was a ‘fantastic achievement’.

The Dukes were awarded Best Engineered Vehicle and also scooped the main award for the event of the Overall Regional Winners.

Mystery Inc. were awarded Best Track Performance, which the school said was ‘a significant achievement for a first year team’.

The 4x4 in Schools Challenge is aimed at students aged 11 to 18 years old.

It involves teams of four to six pupils working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle to set specifications.

These specifications can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates that of real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do.

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