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Year 9 Team Win Jaguar Land Rover Innovation Award

Five year 9 Students known as Team Kennedy Elite, have won one of four prestigious innovation awards in a national competition sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover. The award was given out at the 4x4 in schools technology challenge regional final, at the JCB World Head quarters in Staffordshire before half term.


 The challenge involved 4 to 6 team members working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle, to set specifications. The challenge is an excellent opportunity for young people to work in teams and gain an awareness and understanding of project management, to develop their interests in engineering and design, giving students invaluable experience of real life situations. The innovation award celebrates the students’ creative thinking skills and their ideas throughout the whole of the project.

President Kennedy School was the only Coventry secondary school to take up the challenge. 116 UK schools entered the competition; President Kennedy School was one of only four schools to win the innovation award.

Team leader, James said: “We were extremely nervous about the regional finals and there was a lot of pressure on us to represent the school as it was our first ever attempt at the challenge. We were also up against fierce competition from the class one entrants - veterans of the project!”

The students’ participation in the project was organised by Design and Technology teacher Miss James. She commented: “We would like also to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all who sponsored us, supported us and helped us raise the funds that we needed. It has been a huge success and we wish lots of luck to next year’s team. Next year’s 4x4 in schools challenge application forms will be making their way around in the summer term for all those that would like to take part.”