Four budding engineers from a South Molton primary school have made it through to the finals of a national competition.
Pupils from South Molton United Church of England Primary School have been taking part in the Jaguar Primary School Challenge – a STEM competition that involves designing and manufacturing model cars.
After finishing second in the Devon final at Petroc, the school’s Wacky Racers team of Abbie Bills, Jasmine Kilburn, Isla Quick and Kimberley Johnson will now go to the UK final at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwick on June 20.
Headteacher Kevin O’Donnell said: “I’m really proud of the children and their achievements, especially considering it’s the first year we’ve taken part.
“I would like to thank Eaton, Belly Fender and Homelife carers for supporting us.
“It’s great to see the children fired up by STEM subjects, and it’s something we would like to continue and expand in the coming years. We’re looking forward to the competition in Warwick.”
Three teams from South Molton took part in the Devon final, with Zoom Racers and the Lightning Strikers also attending the event last month.
The pupils were tasked with finding sponsorship for the challenge, with businesses Eaton Aerospace, Belly Fender and Homelife Carers all contributing to the projects.
Students are challenged to form a team and design a race car out of card, complete with wheels, body and even a mini driver.
The challenge also involves creating a 10-page design portfolio, a five-minute verbal presentation and a table-top display.
The Jaguar challenge has been co-ordinated by Debbie Leach, who said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to get children involved in STEM subjects.
“The children’s presentations were outstanding and the whole thing has really developed their confidence.”