World finals for local upcoming engineers

Anton Strauss, school principal, Chevonne Gerber, Technology educator and Pieter du Plessis want these learners to showcase their talents. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

HTS N Diederichs THS is proud to announce that their very own Team Imbokodo has been chosen to represent South Africa in the Land Rover 4×4 Schools World Finals that will be taking place in Abu Dhabi later this year.

The Land Rover 4×4 Schools Technology Challenge is a Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enhancement and enrichment initiative that gives young people an insight into what it takes to become an engineer.

The challenge is aimed at young people between the ages of 11 and 19. It involves four to six team members working together to design and build a radio-controlled four-wheel drive (4×4) vehicle to pre-set specifications, that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates a real-life 4×4 track.

“At first it was a challenge getting both learners and teachers to buy into the concept of designing and racing a miniature 4×4 car.

But the concept has now caught on and interest is growing rapidly,” said Pieter du Plessis, who manages the F1 in Schools programme at Sangari Education, the company responsible for bringing the challenge to South Africa.

“The Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge offers school learners the opportunity to take part in a fun hands-on Stem activity, tackling real-life problem-solving, design, manufacturing, team work, communication and business skills.”

Team Imbokodo (which means ‘when you strike a woman you strike a rock’), will be taking part in the finals on 8 December in an effort to raise funds for their campaign on gender equality and the prevention of violence and abuse against women.

This talented team does however need help getting to the world finals. According to Pieter, an amount of R65 000 is needed by 3 December to purchase the team’s airline tickets .

They are now asking all South African businesses, communities and organisations to help with any donation, no matter what the amount.

Funds can be donated into the following account:

• Absa Bank

• Account Number 310390011

• Reference LD4x42017

The competition is open to all school children aged 11–19 years. Teams wishing to be part of this competition can register on the website at or contact Pieter on 011 466 1440.

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Alanicka Lotriet

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