A team of female students is being applauded by industry sponsors following an impressive performance at Land Rover’s 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge.
Denbigh School’s all-female sixth form team, Epsilon Engineers, was treated to a special evening celebration earlier this term, in recognition of the students’ success in the final round of the competition.
Team members Nia Schell, Yasmin Loveland, Imogen Varga, Demi York and Kathryn Papadakis embraced the opportunity to share their unique experiences. They enthusiastically spoke to invited guests and encouraged them to drive the scale model 4x4 car they were tasked with designing and building for the STEM enrichment and enhancement initiative.
In December 2017, the Epsilon Engineers travelled to Abu Dhabi, spending a week at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in the capital of the United Emirates for the final of the competition.
Denbigh’s team was the first ever all-female team to participate and was one of just four UK teams to travel to Abu Dhabi.
Up against 23 other teams from 17 countries, the Epsilon Engineers won first prize in the ‘Best Trailer Performance’ category and came second overall in the driving challenge. Ultimately, the team achieved fifth place overall in the competition.
Denbigh School Headteacher Andy Squires said: “The students did themselves and Denbigh School proud, at what was a rare and exciting opportunity to compete in this prestigious global competition. The team’s engineering abilities and their sheer drive and determination helped them raise over £10,000 in sponsorship. They also really impressed those in the engineering industry, which gained them invaluable support. The girls deserve to go on to break the glass ceiling of the predominantly male world of engineering.”