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Clyst Vale Community College National 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge teams

Clyst Vale Community College National 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge teams

Written: 22 January 2015

Two teams from Clyst Vale Community College are in their final stages of preparation for the regional finals of the Land Rover-backed 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge. Last year, the senior team not only won the regional final but went to take the top prize in the National finals against 25 other teams. This year, they are joined by  a junior team entering class 2 for younger novices. ExIST is delighted to be co-sponsoring these teams in conjunction with Flybe, Supacat, Parker-Bell and Dom Reilly.

The vehicles that the teams prepare are engineered to a remarkable degree with the senior team making carbon fibre and Kevlar matrix composite parts and both teams employing 3D printed components designed by team members on the school computers. 

In the competition, they have to display there teams project, make a presentation to a panel of engineering judges, pass scrutinising and then drive through a very challenging obstacle course, with all team members taking a turn at driving.

The regional finals are in the Great Hall of the University on the 3rd of February and the teams would welcome all the support you may be able to give, even if it just to come along and cheer them on. They will be pleased to show you what they have done. 

This is a great way to get youngsters involved in real Engineering at an early stage in their careers and helps develop so many more life as well as practical technical skills and ExIST is delighted to support them

For more information please contact Dave Hewlett, their teacher (who also won teacher of the year in the competition last year) at