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Two St Olave's Grammar School teams enter UK final in technology challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:32 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:32 09 March 2016

Mark Wemyss-Holden, UK project manager, Land Rover 4x4 in schools with dRMM Kanga team members - Bradley Sawyer, 18, manager/engineer , Kai Smith, 18, design and manufacture engineer,  Franklyn Asafo-Adjei, 17, resources and Harriet Caisley, 18, graphic designer.

Mark Wemyss-Holden, UK project manager, Land Rover 4x4 in schools with dRMM Kanga team members - Bradley Sawyer, 18, manager/engineer , Kai Smith, 18, design and manufacture engineer, Franklyn Asafo-Adjei, 17, resources and Harriet Caisley, 18, graphic designer.

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Both teams won the London and south east regional final

A team of student’s from St Olave’s Grammar School have progressed through to the UK final of a technology challenge.

The team, named dRMM Kanga, developed a scale-model remote-controlled 4x4 vehicle, which was hailed for its engineering and handling, as well as the team’s research and design.

Now the team is set to take on the national finals in April ahead of he world finals in July.

Bradley Sawyer, 18 was the team’s manager and engineer.

Speaking on the day of the team’s victory, he said: “Winning was great today, but there are lots of areas we can improve on for the national final.

“We set up a really good team image but we’ll develop the car more, particularly with the electronics and motor.”

The team is also made up of Harriet Caisley, 18, graphic designer, Kai Smith, 18, design and manufacture engineer and 17-year-old Franklyn Asafo-Adjei in charge of resources.

As part of the schools technology challenge, judges put students from a range of south eastern schools though challenges.

Each team was assessed with presentations, a written portfolio and putting the vehicle through its pace on an off-road course.

They will also be joined by fellow St Olave’s students Vector.

Mark Wemyss-Holden, UK project manager, Land Rover 4x4 in schools, said: “We’ve seen some unique and innovative designs today, with the students showing impressive Stem skills and knowledge to take on the challenges presented by Land Rover 4x4 in schools.

“This initiative brings out the best in the students, unleashing their creativity, passion and enthusiasm in a whole range of areas, whether they are motivated by an interest in engineering, design, marketing or business.

“It is great to see students putting their classroom learning into this engaging programme and enjoying the challenge of creating their own design of 4x4 vehicle.”

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