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Scots Race to Victory in 2014 Scalextric4Schools Final

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The smell of burning rubber, overheating mini engines, combined with that familiar sounding swishing of Slot Car Racing filled the air as the Scalextric4Schools 2014 Championships held its Grand Final at the RAF Museum Cosford.

It was a case of Rookies to Veterans for 3 time entrants George Watson’s College whose previous experience helped crown them Overall Winners. As well as the top trophy, Team Eifer Zeal’s car was also fastest around the F3 and Bloodhound Land Speed Record tracks.

 

Origins

S4S has evolved from the original slot car challenge developed by teachers David Eyre and Chris Jarman, from Edgecliff School in Staffordshire. The current challenge is a partnership between PTC, Hornby & Root Solutions. "Slotting" together nicely, they each provide a section as part of their own long-term STEMM related programmes.

The students design their cars using the renowned PTC Pro/Engineer CAD software - as used by Hornby and supplied and maintained by Root Solutions – in much the same way as any Scalextrics designer would, and with similar on track challenges any design team faces.
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Challenges & Innovation

allaboutthechallanges2.jpgSuch challenges faced previous entrants Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Skelmersdale. Late in the build phase pupils had trouble with their 3D printer, forcing last minute changes to their design. Recognising their ability to think around problems and come up with successful solutions under pressure, judges awarded Team Cobra the Ingenuity award.

Previous challenges successfully overcome was the story behind Westbury School from Nottingham, who went home as winners in two categories. Still Fast, Still Furious awarded the Creativity Prize.

Learning from problems faced last year, the team developed an easy-to-remove chassis with motor, pickup and wiring. With wheels, axles and gears remaining in the body, their efforts certainly paid off when any problems on track could be rectified - very quickly. losttheirbottle2.jpg

Westbury’s creativity & experimentation continued, with a camera fitted to teacher Rebecca Ramage’s self-created replica VW Camper slot car.

Not overlooking the importance of presentation, Bubble Buggy - designed, built and raced by Westbury school pupil Callum, added to the trophies with the award for Best Presentation.

All the winners received a Scalextrics Racing Set courtesy of Hornby, and presented by RAF Cosford’s own Naval Commander Jon Milsom, as well as Roots Solutions MD and model racing enthusiast Roger French.

 

Overall a great day for all involved, young and old alike, and a reassuring chance to see that the future of UK engineering & design is racing along nicely.

 

Quote’s From The Day

 

"Once again I am proud to be part of S4S as well as seeing the future of UK Engineering is in safe hands"

Roger French- MD - Root Solutions Ltd
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“A fantastic way to let school pupils have a hands-on experience of engineering skills and teamwork”.

Jason Kaine – George Watson’s College, Edinburgh.

 

“Everybody who has taken part has gained from the experience, learning very difficult technical skills.."

Rebecca Ramage – Westbury School, Nottingham

 

“Scalextric4Schools has helped me know I want to be an engineer”.

Eifer Zeal team member – George Watson’s College

 

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For more information visit the Scalextric4Schools Challenge web site: www.scalextric4schools.org

Hornby Hobbies Ltd - www.hornby.com

Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK brand leader in the model railway hobby. It started as Meccano Ltd in 1907 making the world famous construction kits for children. Hornby introduced toy trains in 1920. Hornby Trains were powered by a high quality clockwork motor, made of metal pressings held together by Meccano nuts and bolts, and ‘0’ gauge in size. Hornby is owner of the Scalextric, Airfix, Humbrol and Corgi brands and has been a long time user of PTC software.

PTC - www.ptc.com

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product and Service Advantage Company, develops, markets and supports product development software solutions and related services that help companies achieve their product development strategies and optimize their processes. Using the company's tightly integrated CAD and enterprise PLM solutions, organizations are better able to create and manage product information throughout the lifecycle for optimal product development success.

Text, Quotes & Pictures – Tim Brotherhood & Russ B
Additional Photo’s Westbury School

 
 

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