The Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge is to build a radio controlled four-wheel drive (4×4) vehicle to the specifications provided that will successfully navigate and complete obstacles on an off road test track that is just as demanding as the real thing, and emulates the capabilities of a full size 4×4 vehicle. Each team will enter the vehicle into a State Final to compete for a place at the Australian National Final.
Each team must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five young people aged between 11-19. The young people may all be of the same age or a mixture of young people of different ages. Educational organisations may set teams with young people from across different year groups. Teams of more than five will not be allowed to enter the competition. All teams must follow a safe working practice at all times of their vehicle build.
The challenge is split into two classes for entry into the competition, Development and Professional. Each team must decide which class they would like to enter before registering to compete at a state final. The two classes will be judged separately to each other and separate awards will be presented.
Development Class – Any team entering the challenge for the first time can opt to enter the “Development” class by purchasing a Land Rover 4×4 in Schools starter kit (recommend) containing a remote controlled vehicle. Other remote controlled vehicle models are available but may not be suitable for the competition. The starter kit will also include a vehicle battery and battery charger. This vehicle will be allowed to be entered into the challenge however Development Class team’s must manufacture their own vehicle body, the vehicle electrics (light and tilt sensor), tow hitch and have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the vehicle’s suspension, drive train, chassis and wheels. Teams entering the challenge can only compete in the Development Class for one year and then must enter in the Professional Class for following years.
Any student from a Development Class team who wishes to re-enter into the competition again can only enter as a Professional team. These teams may reuse components from their beginner vehicle but as a minimum must alter/modify the vehicle body, vehicle chassis and all vehicle electrics (light and tilt sensor) themselves, on top of either manufacturing or purchasing and modifying other elements of the vehicle such as the drive train, suspension, steering and wheels.
Professional Class – This class is open to new and existing teams who design and manufacture their vehicle to the rules and regulations, manufacturing as a minimum the vehicle body, vehicle chassis and all vehicle electrics (light and tilt sensor) themselves. In addition, teams must have either manufactured or purchased and modified other elements of the vehicle such as the drive train, suspension, steering and wheels. Any off the shelf items used must be declared in the team’s portfolio and Bill of Material(B.O.M).