Design, Make and Race! A First in South Africa right here at Highbury
Imagine the excitement when Mrs Nqobile Adigun told her Art, Design and Technology Grade 6 classes that they would be building racing cars to compete in an Inter-Schools Racing Competition sponsored by Jaguar!
The Jaguar Primary School Challenge has been running in the UK (home to Jaguar) for many years and Highbury is proud to be part of the very first occasion that it is being run outside of the UK. The programme aims to stimulate young minds in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and our Highbury boys have been enthralled.
The process began at the start of the third term. The boys were grouped into teams of four and given roles like design, manufacturing, graphics and management. Each team worked through the design and manufacturing process in a way that made them feel like engineers at Jaguar Cars! They learnt to use 2D CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) techniques to make the cars and then used CO2 compressed gas for propulsion to be able to race their cars. Each team of boys was also responsible for making a graphic pit display and 10-page portfolio of the process they went through in designing their car.
The inaugural Jaguar Primary School Challenge took place on Tuesday 30th August right here at Highbury. Our Centenary Hall became a racing centre with black and white real Jaguar cars parked in the middle of the hall flanked by a racing track, podium and race displays. The boys had a start button that triggers a puncture pin and then wow... their cars raced down the 25-metre track at speeds of about 45km an hour! Professionals from the car industry judged the displays and every team did their best to earn points to get them on to the winners' podium.
The day ended with a celebratory prize giving in which Eden College won first place overall, our Highbury Break Thru team won 'Fastest Car' and 'Best Engineered Car' and our Speed Demons team won 'Best Additional Challenge'. What a superb learning experience for our Grade 6 boys - thank you Jaguar and well-done boys!