Schools: Vertical Horizon crowned 2015 Land Rover 4×4 in Schools World Champions
25th June 2015 – A team of students from The Kings School, Worcester, England, are celebrating after winning the first ever Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge World Finals. The team of 16 year olds were named Land Rover 4×4 in Schools World Champions at the event held in Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK after competing against 13 other teams from 11 countries as far afield as Australia, United Arab Emirates and Brazil.
The team, Vertical Horizon, with team members Ben Weaver, Ed Ashton, James Robins and Tom Kelly beat stiff competition to take victory, ‘Team manager Ben Weaver, said, “I’m delighted we won, it’s beyond anything we dreamed of. We won due to 1,000 hours of hard graft, teamwork and perseverance as well as attention to detail. We developed a unique suspension and focused on quality craftsmanship, engineering and design throughout the project. Because of our experiences, we are all now inspired to become engineers. It’s a great experience and we prove that if you put the effort in, you can succeed.”
An official opening on the first day preceded a tour of the Jaguar Land Rover Plant and a welcome BBQ; an opportunity for the students to get to know their fellow international competitors. On day two the students were transported back in time with a cultural trip to the historic Warwick Castle, with sword fighting and archery lessons. The third and final day of the event saw the competition reach its peak, with a busy day of judging and an awards celebration dinner, where a total of 15 awards were presented before the crowning of Vertical Horizon as the 2015 Land Rover 4×4 in Schools World Champions. The team won an Arkwright scholarship from Land Rover, a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams University, the prestigious Land Rover 4X4 in Schools Technology World Challenge trophy and a Land Rover driving experience. The outstanding 16 year olds also won the ‘Best Engineered Vehicle’ and ‘Best Verbal Presentation’ awards on their way to outright victory.
Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations for Jaguar Land Rover said, “We’re delighted to host the first ever world finals in Coventry, UK, close to Jaguar Land Rover’s Headquarters, and show the students around our Solihull plant during the programme. Huge congratulations to Vertical Horizon for winning the inaugural
Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge World Final. Launching the hugely successful Land Rover 4×4 in Schools competition globally will help us engage 2 million young people in our education programme by 2020 and will introduce even more young people to the exciting world of engineering. Students have built skills, experiences, friendships and memories during the three day programme which will stay with them throughout their lives.”
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, Engineering in Motion, said of the inaugural World Finals, “It’s been a fantastic three days with a great mix of hard work, tough challenges, new experiences and building friendships. All of the students are excellent ambassadors for their country and with their high standards of work, their dedication and commitment to the challenge, it’s been a very competitive event. They may not all have won trophies, but they have all learned so much and will take away memories that will last a lifetime. I’m very proud of what has been achieved through the competition and following the careers of these talented students.”
A total of 16 awards were presented at the awards ceremony, rewarding the hard work and high standards of entries produced by the teams of students. Team ‘Clystalians’ from Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, Exeter, UK, came a close second followed by ‘Wombat Warriors’ from Pine Rivers State High School, Brisbane, Australia in third place.
Teams from Greece, Australia, Portugal, UAE, Czech Republic and UK also collected awards for their achievements in key elements of the judging process.
Full list of winners:
World Champions 2015 – Vertical Horizon, The Kings School, Worcester, England
Second Place – The Clystalians, Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, Exeter, UK
Third Place – Wombat Warriors, Pine Rivers State High School, Brisbane, Australia
Best Newcomer Award – Pole Position, Moraitis School, Athens, Greece
Best Engineered Vehicle – Vertical Horizon, The Kings School, Worcester, England
Research & Development Award – Pole Position, Moraitis School, Athens, Greece
Innovative Thinking Award – Reset, Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece
Best Virgin Galactic Trailer Performance – The Doc’s, Woodfarm High School, Glasgow, Scotland
Best Track Performance – The Clystalians, Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, Exeter, UK
Judges Special Award – Limitless, Colegio Sao Miguel, Fatima Portugal
Women in Engineering Award – Lily Eiseman, Team Manager, Wombat Warriors, Pine Rivers State High School, Brisbane, Australia
Team Identity Award – Wombat Warriors, Pine Rivers State High School, Brisbane, Australia
Verbal Presentation Award – Vertical Horizon, The Kings School, Worcester, England
Portfolio & Pit Display Award – The Clystalians, Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, Exeter, UK
Sponsorship & Marketing Award – Nova Endurance, the Indian High School, Dubai, UAE
Moment of the Week Award – Czech Wheels, Technical College, Kolin, Czech Republic