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Primary schools race to reach F1 in Schools final

On Tuesday 19 April, we were delighted to host the 2016 Jaguar Primary School Challenge F1 in Schools Regional Final.

Four schools took part, including Alfred Sutton, Caversham, St. Joseph’s in the Park and Dania School. Each school entered 10 teams into a highly contested battle for the best overall team, who will go through to the national finals at the Ricoh Arena in Birmingham.

The children were extremely enthusiastic, and the evidence of their work and passion for this hugely engaging engineering project was obvious for all to see.

We would especially like to thank the amazing judges for their fantastic support on the day:

  • Clare Deakin, Kier Construction Group 
  • Jon Brydges, Creat3D
  • Alan Ward, AW Consulting
  • John Batty, Great Western Railway
  • Ioana Andrei, Sytel Reply
  • John F Drayton C.Eng. M.I.Mech.E

Jon Brydges, Director at Creat3D, said: “This year’s F1 in Schools event at UTC Reading was another triumph for promoting STEM subjects within schools. The varied and detailed nature of the activities involved in the project provides a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge of technologies, such as 3D printing and become fully immersed within design, marketing, teamwork, project management and problem solving. We are proud to be a part of this great scheme.”

John Batty, Depot Engineering Manager Technician at Great Western Railway, said: "The F1 in Schools Event was a fantastic day where primary school teams got to showcase their hard work and desire to build the best car possible. It was great to see the pupils embrace so many aspects of engineering at such a young age. Hopefully it will inspire them to consider engineering as a career."

Congratulations to "Fast and Furious 4" and "Lightning Bullets" who are the two teams progressing to the UK National Final. Prizes awarded throughout the day were as follows:

  • Portfolio & Pit Display - The Six Supernovas
  • Best Verbal Presentation - The Six Supernovas
  • Best Engineered Race Car - Fast and Furious 4
  • Best Additional Challenge - Lightning Bullets
  • Fastest Race Car - Fast and Furious 4
  • 3rd Overall - The Six Supernovas
  • 2nd Overall - Lightning Bullets
  • 1st Overall - Fast and Furious 4
  • Regional Winner - Fast and Furious 4

  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett