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Spalding Grammar School engineers rub shoulders with the world's best




A team of three 19-year-olds from Spalding Grammar School joined more than 100 other talented future software engineers from 14 countries in Coventry for the Land Rover 4x4 Schools Technology Challenge World Finals.

Trigonometric, made up Megan Kendall, Tristan McNiell and Samuel Eady, were one of just two UK teams and narrowly missed out on the Best Track Performance Award.

The bright engineers, aged 13 to 19, used computer coding to programme miniature remote-controlled four-wheel-drive vehicles they designed and built for a two-day competition at the University of Warwick.

Proud Spalding Grammar School headmaster Steven Wilkinson (right) with head of DT Dion Jones, Tristan McNeill and Megan Kendall.
Proud Spalding Grammar School headmaster Steven Wilkinson (right) with head of DT Dion Jones, Tristan McNeill and Megan Kendall.

The vehicles negotiated a demanding course that wound its way over and through a Range Rover Evoque, replicating the off-road challenges facing a full-size all-terrain vehicle. The teams were scored on track performance and also presented their work and knowledge of vehicle design and engineering to a panel of judges.

Team Manager Dion Jones said: “We came in to this competition believing we had a shot at being World Champions but when we saw the quality of the work of the other 21 teams, we knew it would be very tough.

"We’re really proud of what we’ve done and what we’ve achieved, particularly as it’s been a difficult year for the team as they have moved onto higher education and working for Jaguar Land Rover, through gaining graduate placements from the competition. This got in the way of the development of our car.

"The competition has been above and beyond what we expected, particularly the creativity with the track, winding its way through the UK as well as around the car. We’ve loved doing this, so we might give it another go too, and we learn an enormous amount, with skills that we’ll use for the rest of our life.

"Seeing how the other teams approach the challenge has been a learning experience as well. All in all, it’s been an amazing week. Even though we did not win any awards we are proud that we finished 11th in the world.”



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