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JCB Academy pupils hit the road with mini 4x4

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By JENNY MOODY

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ROCESTER pupils are preparing to once again take their 4x4’s to the road.

Following its success in the 4x4 in Schools Challenge last year, pupils from The JCB Academy will again compete in the Midlands regional heats on Friday, February 15 hosted at JCB World Headquarters.

Preparations are well under way for the regional heats where a winning team will be selected via a rigorous judging process to go through to the National Final at the Big Bang Fair 2013 where they will compete to become the 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge UK champions.

The JCB Academy team, The Dukes, has spent weeks designing, researching, building and project-managing their 4x4 vehicle. The team has approached local businesses and organisations for sponsorship to support the development of their 4x4 vehicle project and welcomed two donors, Rayne Precision Engineering Ltd and Ayudante, to the academy for the cheque presentation.

The teams intend to invest their sponsorship in materials for their vehicle and additional extras for the body which they hope will set them a cut above the competition. The team also hope to buy a wireless camera which they will install inside the vehicle enabling them to stream live video footage from perspective of a passenger.

Team leader Charlie Crawshaw said: “We are so thankful to our generous sponsors for their support. The sponsorship money will enable us to enter a competitive and high-tech vehicle into the regional heats and give us a great opportunity to be a success.”

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