Crackley Hall’s Speed Stingers' Car Is Third Fastest Overall
The National Finals of the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge took place at the British Motor Museum on Wednesday 20 June. Over the last year thousands of primary school children from across the UK have taken part in the STEM challenge and Crackley Hall’s team ‘Speed Stingers’ had made it all the way through to the final.
The team, Junior 4’s Jimmy Loftus, Soren Wasley, Zach Rose and Cadie Hardwick, had been fiendishly busy preparing for the big day.
The challenge requires teams to research, design, manufacture, test, promote and race the fastest car possible using standard chassis and engine housing nets with a car body made only from card. It is a technical brief but one that has proven to really engage potential future engineers.
The final followed a similar format to the regional rounds and the children had a challenging but fantastic day. They had to race their car, talk about the engineering, discuss and explain their ‘Pit’ display and portfolio and give a verbal presentation to four judges.
The cars were raced down a special 20-metre-long track propelled using compressed air gas canisters and they travelled the distance in a matter of seconds. Crackley’s car finished seventh when including reaction times, but was third overall out of the 36 teams competing at the event – a super result.
In addition, the children had to complete an additional challenge to create a racing car powered by an electric motor, and this took up most of their spare time.
Team Manager, Mrs Cat Hardwick commented, “Although Crackley’s Speed Stingers didn’t win any of the awards on the day, they represented our school superbly, with dignity and grace, and showed everyone that they were confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We are immensely proud of them all and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and develop over the past few months. I really hope we have one or two engineers in the making, taking their first steps along the road to becoming a real Engineer!”
Our thanks go to Mrs Hardwick and Mrs Spillane who have worked with the team over the last few months.