Primary Schools from across the Great Hunter Region converged on the University of Newcastle on Tuesday for the Jaguar Primary School Challenge organised by RDA Hunter’s ME Program. As with last year staff from the accounting firm PwC ran the event with the help of staff and students from Mount View High School.
Each year the Hunter Jaguar Primary School Challenge engages with Primary School students and teachers across the region. The challenge is open to Primary school students and involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies, such as Jaguar Cars. The Jaguar Primary School Challenge is sponsored and supported by Jaguar Cars and REA Foundation Australia (who own the Australian licence for the Jaguar Primary School Challenge and F1 in Schools programs). The Jaguar Primary School Challenge students have the opportunity to…
– Take part in a fun hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activity
– Tackle real life problem solving and learning
– Develop design, manufacturing, team work, communication & business skills
– Have fun racing miniature CO2 powered cardboard cars down a 25 metre track
This year the Hunter event involved over 200 students from 100 teams. Eight local schools took part in the event from Belmont Public, Jesmond Public, The Junction Public, Fern Bay Primary, Avondale School, St Philips Christian College Newcastle, Bulahdelah Central School and Newcastle Grammar.
The students also had the opportunity to interact with science and engineering challenges from the University of Newcastle’s SMART program and humanoid robotics from the NuBOTS.
This years winning school was Avondale who took out the main trophy. The ‘Batman Team’ from Avondale won the best engineered award and the ‘Avondale Avengers 9’ team had the fastest car for the day. The Belmont Public school team ‘Thunderbolt’ won the best presented car award.