Highbury at Jaguar Primary School Challenge

2016-09-13 06:00
Grade 6 Highbury Preparatory School pupils (from left) Christopher Young, Brent Hildebrand, Jack Martin and Benjamin Cleator, proudly display their mini racing cars. Photo: supplied

Grade 6 Highbury Preparatory School pupils (from left) Christopher Young, Brent Hildebrand, Jack Martin and Benjamin Cleator, proudly display their mini racing cars. Photo: supplied

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THE Jaguar Primary School Challenge has been running in the UK for many years and Highbury Preparatory School was proud to be part of the very first occasion that it was run in South Africa.

The programme aims to stimulate young minds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and athematics). Led by their teacher, Mrs Nqobile Adigun, Grade 6 classes at Highbury built mini racing cars and competed in the Inter-Schools Racing Competition which was hosted at Highbury on Tuesday 30 August.

“The boys were grouped into teams of four and given roles such in design, manufacturing, graphics and management,” explained Bianca Woolley, Highbury marketing manager. “Each team learnt to use computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques to make the cars and used CO2 compressed gas for propulsion to be able to race their cars. The boys were also responsible for making a graphic pit display and 10-page portfolio of the process they went through in designing their car.”

The Highbury Centenary Hall was transformed into a racing centre with a 25-metre track and teams from Eden College, DPHS and Highbury took part. Professionals from the car industry judged the displays and the day ended with a celebratory prize giving in which Eden College won first place overall. The Highbury Break Thru team won 'Fastest Car' and 'Best Engineered Car' and the Speed Demons team won 'Best Additional Challenge'.

“What a superb learning experience for the Grade 6 boys - thank you Jaguar and a very well done to all the teams who participated,” added Woolley.

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