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UTC Reading hosts race to the F1 in Schools final

Last week, UTC Reading hosted the F1 in Primary Schools Regional Final.

Four primary schools were represented by nine teams of students, who were competing for the chance to reach the national finals in July. The judging panel consisted of Anjanie Mackenzie (Microsoft), Darren Osborne (Keysight Technologies), Alan Ward (Alan Ward Consulting), Richard Hughes (The IET), Laura Miller (CITB) and Erica Barker (ECITB).

Teams from Caversham Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, St Joseph’s in the Park and Dania School competed at UTC Reading. The teams were assessed on race times, pit displays and presentations to the panel of judges.

There was a very high level of enthusiasm from all students taking part, which created a fantastic atmosphere throughout the event. Congratulations to “Cheeky Cheetahs” from St Joseph’s in the Park, who came first and have qualified for a place in final in Coventry in July. They will be joined by “Wheel Spinners” from Dania School, who came a close second.

Further certificates were awarded to Cheeky Cheetahs for Best Portfolio and Pit Display, Fierce Flames (St Anne’s Catholic Primary School) for Best Verbal Presentation and Wheel Spinners for Best Engineered Car.

Congratulations to all students who took part in a fantastic day, and many thanks to all judges and to Mick Gibson from the F1 in Schools team at Jaguar Land Rover for their time and effort. We look forward to hearing how Cheeky Cheetahs and Wheel Spinners get on at the final in July.



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