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Golden Gears team makes national finals

Members of the Golden Gears team
Members of the Golden Gears team

A team of pupils from Stamford Junior School has competed in the Jaguar Primary School Challenge UK Nationals.

The ‘Golden Gears’ team won their regional final and was one of 35 teams from across the UK to compete in the finals at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire.

In the challenge, teams of young children designed, made, tested and raced a miniature race car which was fired along a 20 metre track by a compressed air canister.

Commenting on the success of her ‘Golden Gears’ pupils, Emma Smith, head of Stamford Junior School said: “I am incredibly proud of Golden Gears and this significant achievement.

“To witness such young minds being driven by curiosity and a love of learning new techniques and understanding some of the foundations of engineering is immensely inspirational.

“Their preparation, hard work and tenacity over the last months is to be highly commended and to reach a national final is a wonderful recognition of their endeavours.

“Well done Golden Gears! We could be looking at our engineers of the future.”

The youngsters were judged on all the elements of their work including a written portfolio, a project presentation and explained their engineering designs to a panel of experts from Jaguar Land Rover, in addition to the all-important track racing. Understanding how design and engineering influence speed is just as important as the stopwatch in this race to the chequered flag.

Victoria Perry, global social impact manager, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We need more bright young minds to join Jaguar Land Rover and help us design and create our innovative future vehicles and technologies.

“As well as being fun and providing an insight into the world of engineering, we hope the competition sparks an early interest in science and technology and inspires students to become our next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers.”

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