WNT (UK) has confirmed that it is now a Premium partner of the national 4x4 In Schools Technology Challenge, which encourages children aged between 11 and 19 to design and manufacture a 4x4 off-road remote control vehicle.
This new partnership, which sees WNT (UK) join Jaguar Land Rover and the Institution of Engineering and Technology as a Premium Partner, is an extension of WNT (UK)’s existing educational initiatives. These initiatives have seen WNT work closely with schools and colleges to provide technical assistance to teachers and support staff, and access to the entire WNT catalogue of cutting tools at significant discounts.
“By enthusing children at an early age about design and manufacture, that interest will, hopefully, remain with them as they make career choices. By partnering with the 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge we are building on our long standing commitment to support schools and colleges with cutting tool technology and technical support.” Tony Pennington, Managing Director, WNT (UK).
As part of this partnership WNT’s 29 strong Technical Sales Team is being put forward to become STEM Ambassadors (Science, Technology, English and Maths). This will allow them to provide mentoring and support to teams that have entered the challenge plus act as judges for the competition at the UK regional and national finals.
While the title of the challenge refers to schools it is also open to teams created from out of school initiatives, such as STEM Clubs, Scouts, Guides, cadets, Youth Clubs, etc. WNT sales teams are fully briefed on the criteria and if any customers want to encourage their children to take part they will provide whatever help they can.
The 4x4 in Schools Challenge is managed by Engineering in Motion, and the brief for the teams entering is to work together to design and build a radio controlled four-wheel-drive vehicle within pre-determined specifications, to a strict monetary budget, with the fun part being to test their vehicles over a purpose-built ‘off road’ course designed to simulate the conditions that a full size Land Rover has to be able to handle.
Speaking on behalf of Engineering in Motion, National Project Manager, David Lakin said: “4x4 in Schools is delighted to welcome WNT our roster of blue-chip supporters. There is obvious synergy between WNT and 4x4 in Schools which has seen a steady growth since its launch in 2006 and with the assistance of WNT we can continue to expand the programme and build on the success of the past few years”.
If you are interested in getting your local school, college or youth group involved in the 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge, please contact your local WNT (UK) Technical Sales Engineer/team member for more details or visit the 4x4 in Schools Challenge website: www.4x4inschools.com