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Q1 How to register to attend a regional final?

It is easy to register to compete at one of our regional final events. Please follow the link below to the registration page of our website.  Click here to register now 

Q2 Where could LR 4x4 in Schools take you?

LR 4x4 in Schools is now in its 10th year, over which time we have now expanded internationally, changing perceptions of STEM subjects and encouraging school students to consider careers in engineering. Teams who win their regional final will be invited to the UK National Final to fight for the chance to represent the UK at the World Finals. 

Q3 How much does it cost to take part?

The registration fee to compete in the challenge is £75 + VAT per team. Each school/organisation must use radio control equipment. Please check the rules and regulations for more details.
If you are a new team entering the challenge for the first time you can choose to enter as a Beginner team by purchasing a “Starter Kit” from Denford Ltd (please see "starter kit" for further information).
Teams are encouraged to make as much as possible themselves. If this is not practical, they are encouraged to gain parts through sponsorship or recycling.
This year’s challenge will be looking specifically for students to demonstrate awareness of environmental issues

Q4 What is involved?

Land Rover 4x4 in Schools is a competition revolving around a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) philosophy. The challenge is normally run from the technology department within a school and involves students designing and manufacturing a remote control car using Electronics and CAD/CAM technologies. The team then attend a regional final which are held across the country annually in February and March. Teams not only have to track test their car on our obstacle course, they also have to present their design portfolio, produce a ‘pit display’, give a verbal presentation to a panel of judges and attend an engineering interview.

Q5 Starter kit

Teams can purchase a basic starter kit which includes the essential components needed to build your 4x4 vehicle along with step by step instructions. These can be purchased from the DENFORD website. Teams are not required to use the starter kit and can make the car from scratch however the starter kit is especially good for teams new to the competition.

Q6 Competition Classes

The challenge is split into two classes for entry into the competition, Beginner and Professional. Each team must decide which class they would like to enter before registering to compete at a regional final. The two classes will be judged separately to each other and separate awards will be presented. New Teams can enter either class of the challenge.
For more information about what each class involves please take a look at the competition guide and regulations, you can download the competition guide from our website.

Q7 What support will you receive?

A great advantage to this competition is that we will assign you with a JLR mentor (Jaguar Land Rover Graduate) to help you during your time competing. The mentor is here to support you and your team in the build of the car and other components of the competition. As well as the mentor you will have support from us, as and when you need it.

Q8 What will my team learn from taking part in the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge?

The ambition of the project is to raise awareness, interest and enthusiasm in engineering through the practical application of Design & Technology, Mathematics and Science. As mentioned, the challenge can be undertaken either inside or outside of the classroom. During school time, the challenge can be run in GCSE Engineering (double award), GCSE Design & Technology and the Engineering Diploma or simply as an extracurricular activity.

The engineering industry requires creative, multi-disciplined individuals who are capable of problem solving through individual tasks and working in motivated teams. This project replicates a ‘real-life’ work situation where specialists come together to share intellectual and practical ideals to resolve a complex problem. The challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to work in design teams to gain an awareness and understanding of project management and other key skills, as well as linking with engineering companies through STEM Ambassadors. These ambassadors are ‘engineers’ from companies including Jaguar Land Rover and WNT, who will be able to support your team by acting as industrial advisers / mentors or providing ‘hands-on’ support to your project, creating an essential industrial partnership.

Q9 How does The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge fit into the curriculum?

The challenge is designed to be delivered during lesson time or in an after-school club. To support delivery during lesson time, Land Rover 4x4 in Schools has worked closely with OCR and AQA to map the challenge against their Design and Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering specifications listed below.

  • AQA & OCR GCSE Double Award Engineering
  • OCR GCSE Double Award Manufacturing
  • AQA & OCR GCSE Design and Technology – Systems and Control Technology
  • AQA & OCR GCSE Design and Technology – Resistant Materials
  • AQA & OCR GCSE Design and Technology – Electronic Products
  • AQA & OCR GCSE Design and Technology – Graphic Products
  • AQA & OCR GCSE Design and Technology – Product Design

In addition, The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge has been mapped against the Work Related Learning and Enterprise agendas as well as Key Skills. Land Rover 4x4 in Schools also supports the wider agenda within 'A Curriculum for Excellence' and core skills.

Q10 What is the process my team will follow?

Over the course of an academic year (or two years if you choose this option), the students follow the process below.

  • Research the project
  • Design a vehicle
  • Manufacture the vehicle
  • Test and evaluate the vehicle
  • Go head-to-head at competition stage
  • Hopefully progress onto the National Final
  • Possibly become the UK National Champions

Q11 What support does Land Rover 4x4 in Schools provide?

Throughout the challenge Land Rover 4x4 in Schools will provide support for schools, colleges, and organized youth groups through our website, email and via the telephone.

Each team that registers to compete will be assigned with a Land Rover e-mentor to help them throughout the project. More details will be provided once you've registered.

Q12 Where will the Regional Finals be held?

Regional Finals will be held in the following regions:

  • South East
  • South West
  • Central
  • North West
  • North East
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

Q13 When will the Regional Finals be held?

Please check our regional finals dates here

Q14 What's the prize for the winners?

The overall winners will gain National recognition as a successful engineering team. The winners will also receive a scholarship to Harper Adams University and other prizes which will be announced nearer the time., The UK National Champions will also receive The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge UK National Championship trophy to keep at their school for 1 year and a chance to represent the UK at the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools World Finals.  

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