Huddersfield students prepare for World Finals of Land Rover Technology Challenge in Abu Dhabi

Moorend Academy students set for trip to Abu Dhabi and Land Rover challenge finals. L-R Amaar Farooq, Alyan Saleem, Zain Anjam and Rizwaan Ali.

A team of students from Moor End Academy in Huddersfield are preparing to head off to Abu Dhabi to take part in the World Finals of the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge. They will be competing against 17 countries including the USA, Australia and Singapore following their recent success in the UK competition.

The competition requires a team of three to six students aged 11-19 to build a radio controlled four-wheel drive (4×4) vehicle and successfully complete obstacles on an off-road test track in front of a judging panel.

The students Amaar Farooq, Zain Anjam, Rizwan Ali and Alyan Saleem came together to form Team Robust, taking part and winning the competition’s regional and national championships in March earlier this year.

As UK champions the team received an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship from Land Rover, a well-respected programme which nurtures high-potential future engineering leaders. The two year programme supports scholars throughout their A-levels and includes financial support towards their STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) studies as well as guidance from a Jaguar Land Rover mentor and work experience placement at Jaguar Land Rover. The students also won a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams University in Newport.

Alyan Saleem at Team Robust said: “This competition has opened many doors for us and has offered a great insight into the professional working environment. I would encourage more schools to take part in the challenge as it really is once in a lifetime opportunity for those involved.”

The team created most of the car’s components using 3D computer aided designing (CAD) and are aiming to finish work on the car in the next couple of weeks so that they can switch their focus on to other scoring categories including the verbal presentation, portfolio and pit display.

As well as building the car, the team have attracted a number of high profile sponsors including independent recruitment specialists Stafflex, global technology provider Ricoh UK, printing experts Minuteman Press Huddersfield and leading security provider Burnley CCTV Solutions.

Abigail Stahelin-Hall, Director at Stafflex said: “We have been involved with Team Robust from the beginning of their journey and it’s been fantastic to see them now in the World Finals. They have shown true dedication to get this far and a genuine passion for engineering. We wish them all the success in December.”

Nathan Rawlings, Regional Additive Manufacturing Sales Manager at Ricoh UK said: “This is a great opportunity for a team of highly talented young engineers to visit Abu Dhabi, the hub of the United Arab Emirates (UAE); demonstrate their skills, knowledge and expertise, and showcase the very best of British engineering to the world.

“Rest assured the Ricoh team will be cheering them on in December, safe in the knowledge that they will be giving it their best shot. We can’t wait to find out how they get on!”

Phil Higham, Director of Minuteman Press Huddersfield added “It is only recently that we have become involved in supporting this project team and I have already been very impressed with their professionalism and project management skills. I wish them every success in the World Finals and look forward to hearing about their progress.”

Team Robust will compete against 26 teams from 17 countries in the World Finals taking place on 10th and 11th December.