The MTC helps youngsters reach F1 Challenge final

Posted on 26 Jun 2018 and read 549 times
The MTC helps youngsters reach F1 Challenge finalA group of pupils from Crackley Hall School in Kenilworth has reached the national final of a major engineering competition — with a little help from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) (

The four-strong team of eight- and nine-year-olds emerged as regional winners of the F1 in Schools Jaguar Primary Challenge.

They now go through to compete against schools from around the country at the National Motor Museum at Gaydon. The challenge is to design, test, engineer, manufacture and then race miniature racing cars, powered by compressed air.

The youngsters are encouraged to use IT to design their car, learning about CAD/CAM software, design skills, mathematics, aerodynamics, engineering, manufacturing and testing.

They also had to do a five-minute presentation. The Crackley Hall team of Jimmy Loftus, Soren Wasley, Zach Rose and Cadie Hardwick took the top prizes for Best Engineered Car, Best Additional Challenge, and Best Portfolio and Pit Display — and first place overall — to go through to the national final.

They enlisted the help of MTC trainee technician James Watts, who used the MTC’s Trotec laser machine to produce the lightweight wheels designed and engineered by the team.

He said: “The team were hugely enthusiastic about their project, and their standards were very high. It’s great that they have done so well.”

The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy.

It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.

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