3 Awards for Colfox Teams

3 Awards at Regional Final for Land Rover/ Jaguar 4×4 in School’s Challenge for The Sir John Colfox Academy

The Sir John Colfox Academy recently got involved in a cross curricular challenge offered by Land Rover/ Jaguar. It is a STEM challenge which incorporates 4 areas of the curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Colfox entered two teams of 6 students and both of the teams were successful in making it to the final at Newton Abbot. The students had to design a shell for a remote controlled 4×4 rock crawler vehicle. This is a challenge as it needed to be made to very precise specifications and in a limited time frame. They also needed to create a portfolio of their work, a pit display and a verbal presentation.

Team ‘Colfox Crazy Engineers’ or CCE and this team was made up of Harry Brown (Team Manager and Graphic Designer), Ben Pimbley (Assistant Manager in charge of Security), Jake Randall (Manufacturing Manager), Jasmine Hart (Portfolio Manager), Dan Cole (Design Engineer) and Fin Case (Resources Manager). Team ‘Colfox Fibre’ was made up of Toby Pitfield (Team Manager), Eddie Rose (Resources Manager and Manufacturer), Cara Hatch (Fundraising and Manufacturing Manager), Ellie Hazle (Portfolio and Security Manager), Zac Dixon (Design Engineer) and Sam Hossack-Susans (Resources Assistant).

On the day of the final the students were judged on 4 different aspects. The first was the building of the car shell. They were grilled by 3 Land Rover/ Jaguar engineers on the design and manufacture of the shell. The judges also measured the car to ensure they met the precise specifications. Both teams’ cars did meet the requirements and they both received full marks on this which is excellent.

The second aspect of judging was their portfolio and pit display presenting their team information, logo, designs, manufacture process and evaluation. Colfox Fibre scooped up the award for best pit display in the competition.

The third task was to drive the car complete with new shell around an obstacle course to see how durable their shell was. They had to complete this in a time limit with penalties for knocking over cones or falling off the course. Thanks to the star drivers of the Colfox Crazy Engineers, they took home the award for the best timed track run on the day.

Their final task was their verbal presentation in front of a Land Rover/ Jaguar Engineer, a STEM ambassador and a Royal Navy Engineer. For this, every team member had to speak and they were grilled again by the judges afterwards, not just about how they designed and built their car but also on aspects of the science and technology behind the making of actual Land Rover vehicles, the challenges they faced and overcame throughout the project as well as their personal interest in STEM careers in the future. Colfox Fibre received the award for the best presentation on the day and the judge’s feedback was excellent. They said that every single member gave an outstanding delivery and answered the questions in a detailed and professional manner with big contributions from all members of the team.

Although neither team won the Entry Class competition overall, they should be proud of the three awards they did take back to school. This was the first time that the school has been involved so it really is a big achievement for them. The next stage of the competition is Development Class where students have to make the shell and electrics for the car. STEM Co-ordinator at Colfox, Nadine Turner said:

‘I was so proud of the teams they worked together so well during the term and at the finals were a real credit. It has been great to see so much enthusiasm. We are already planning how we can improve when these students step up to the intermediate class and a new group of children join the entry level’.

The students were grateful to secure £500 in sponsorship from Palmers Brewery and Dorchester Timber did donated the wood required to complete the project.

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