Kirriemuir teenage marvels

Webster's pupils Jack Wilkie, Lewis McClure and Rosie Robertson
Webster's pupils Jack Wilkie, Lewis McClure and Rosie Robertson

They might share a name with the bad guys in the Marvel films, but a team of young engineers from Kirrie were fighting the good fight recently at an international contest.

Team Hydra from Webster’s High School represented Scotland as they competed against 20 teams from across the world in the finals of the Land Rover 4x4 In Schools Technology Challenge World Finals 2016 which was held in Coventry from July 4-6.

Hydra, made up of Jack Wilkie (16), Lewis McClure (17) and Rosie Robertson (17), had spent months designing, building and testing miniature remote-controlled 4x4 vehicles to tackle challenging off-road tracks and they were judged on all elements of the project, right from the design and engineering through to team branding, sponsorship and marketing. The fast-paced and action-packed four day event brought together teams from as far afield as Singapore, Australia, and the USA, but unfortunately for the Kirrie trio it was a team from Queensland, Australia, who were crowned World Champions.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of Engineering in Motion, said of the event: “We’ve been blown away by the standard of work produced by every team, as well as their passion and enthusiasm for the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge.

“The competition gives the students a chance to put their classroom learning into practice in a very engaging way. “Most of the students are keen to pursue engineering as a career, so it’s a great way for them to be introduced to Jaguar Land Rover, one of the premier automotive manufacturers in the world.

“It also helps them to have skills, experiences, friendships and memories which will stay with them throughout their lives.”