Students at two Kenilworth schools win awards at Jaguar Primary Challenge

Speed Specialists team from Priors Field Primary
Speed Specialists team from Priors Field Primary

A team of students from Priors Field Primary School won third overall at last week’s Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge, a design and engineering competition.

The team of nine-year-old boys and girls called the Speed Specialists won the third place finish at the competition held at the British Motor Museum.

The Firecrackers with their trophy. Left to right: Woody Osborn, Thomas Zanyi, Amelia Hunt, Henry Verity and Jasper Nicholls

The Firecrackers with their trophy. Left to right: Woody Osborn, Thomas Zanyi, Amelia Hunt, Henry Verity and Jasper Nicholls

The Speed Specialists were one of two Kenilworth school teams to win an award at the competition, with Crackley School picking up the award for the Best Engineered Car.

Julie Faulkner-Morgan, the co-coordinator for the Priors Field STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project, said: “I couldn’t believe it. We were so thrilled. It’s been a lot of hard work since they started the project in October. We built it into the curriculum as a STEM project. They had to build a race car out of card. We taught them to use a design software package.”

The students also had to write and memorise an eight-minute presentation about their car design.

She added: “This was our third year to make the finals after coming in seventh and ninth respectively. The overall experience that year four had with this project was incredible. You could see them growing in confidence.”

A Crackley Hall School team called the Firecrackers also won an award. The winning team who included the following pupils, Amelia Hunt, Jasper Nicholls, Woody Osborn, Henry Verity and Thomas Zanyi, won the award for the Best Engineered Car.

Cat Hardwick and Margaret Spillane, who helped guide the Crackley Hall team, said: “Our Crackley Hall pupils have worked so hard. They’ve dealt with the pressure of competition brilliantly and we are so very proud of them.”

The final included an Automated, Connected, Electric, Shared (ACES) Challenge where teams were asked to build a miniature electric car of the future and showcase ACES features with a visual display of their ideas.

Chris Thorp, of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The Jaguar Primary School Challenge demonstrates the importance of STEM subjects to the workplace and gives young people the chance to learn about real-life design. Inspiring the next generation of engineers is critical for Jaguar Land Rover as we pursue our ACES future.”