Balshaw’s Church of England High School

Team Aftershock Triumph

4 March 2016

Massive congratulations are in order to our talented STEM group, who won ‘Best Rookie Team’ on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, at the regional finals of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge. 

The competition held at Jaguar Land Rover Halewood was no walk in the park as the Balshaw’s STEM group faced tough competition against schools from all over the North of England.  Team Aftershock have been busy over the past year designing, manufacturing, testing and creating a portfolio of work detailing their 4x4 vehicle; whose aim is to provide disaster relief to earthquake-stricken areas. 

Team Aftershock arrived on the day with their vehicle built to specific Land Rover criteria.  They delivered an excellent presentation about their ideas and engineering processes used.  The team also had to navigate a very tricky off road course with the 4x4 vehicle to ensure it could emulate the performance of an actual Land Rover vehicle. It was fully equipped with a buzzer that sounded when the gradient was steeper than 25° and headlights that lit when it entered a dark environment.

The judging panel awarded Balshaw’s ‘Best Rookie Team’ and invited us to compete in the National Finals at Silverstone; the heart of British motor racing. 

The team are now re-evaluating their model and working very hard to make improvements; their eye firmly set on the main prize of National Winners!

Well done to everyone who took part and we look forward to hearing how you get on in the next stage.

Mr Fletcher

4 x 4 comp

Team Aftershock are Madison Bolton, Matthew Hodgson, Heather Mulgrew, Joshua Seed and Heather Watson.


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