The 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge is an international competition which takes in-class STEM learning to a whole new level.
Student teams not only design and construct an off-road vehicle with a trailer, they have to incorporate remote controlled steering and use it to negotiate an ‘extreme’ 4×4 obstacle course. While the clock is ticking.
This combination of mechanics and electronics is similar to the challenges faced by professional Automotive Engineers. The program involves developing concepts and detailed CAD design through to manufacturing, assembly and testing. Whilst at the same time collaborating with industry, teamwork, project management, self promotion and public speaking.
There is no limit to where students can take this challenge. It starts with a ready to go starter kit that the students begin applying sensors and control circuits to. It can progress in the professional category to a fully blown autonomous vehicle.
The 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge is an ideal incentive or education tool for engaging students in STEM and it provides them as well as their teachers with a new opportunity to develop key skills.
The program is linked to the international 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge.
Getting involved is easy. We provide a teachers guide that steps you through the process of establishing and running 4×4 in Schools and to assist we can connect you to teachers in your area who will be able to share knowledge, experience and resources.
Schools and students wanting to undertake the 4×4 in Schools program must register online. We will then include you in all the appropriate emails, newsletters and communications that will help you get started in 4×4 in Schools.
To be able to participate in State or National competitions all teams MUST be registered prior to their first competition event and prior to the published team registrations deadline. In addition, a Challenge Agreement Form MUST be completed by the supervising teacher, parent/guardian where applicable and returned to REA prior to the cut off dates.
There are no fees associated with School Registrations. Fees will only apply to those teams that represent their region at a State or National Final.
The registration process MUST be undertaken by teachers ONLY.
For assistance with schools or team registration please email [email protected] or call 1300 204 478.
Any School delivering REA STEM initiatives within their school, irrespective of whether they intend to register teams in the competition MUST register their school by the deadline date. School Registration is FREE.
Any School wishing to enter teams into the competition must register their teams by the advertised date each year.
At events directly managed by REA, which include State and National Finals registration fees apply for each team which will assist in funding the venue hire, supply of expo style booths and trestle tables (where relevant) and administration of the events.
It is each team’s responsibility to raise the sponsorship required to fund the competition phase, including Registration Fees.
Australian competition fees are:
STATE FINAL TEAM PARTICIPATION FEES
Development & Professional Class Teams (3-5 members): $475.00 inc. GST
NATIONAL FINAL TEAM PARTICIPATION FEES
Development & Professional Class Teams (3-5 members): $975.00 inc GST
Multiple Stages: State -> National -> International