The all-girl team has being competing in the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge, which involves working together to design and build a radio controlled four-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle. The vehicle must be able to successfully negotiate a specially designed test track emulating real life and perform as a full scale 4x4 vehicle would do in an off-road situation. The teams not only have to track test their car, they also have to present their design portfolio, produce a 'pit display', give a verbal presentation to a panel of judges and attend an engineering interview. In addition, they also have to finance themselves by finding sponsors, which is another aspect of their assessment.
On their journey towards the top, the Epsilon Engineers first won a regional competition, before going on to the UK Nationals, held at Silverstone in March this year. Their impressive engineering skills lead again to victory, securing them a well-deserved place in the World Finals to be held in Abu Dhabi this week.
One of only four UK teams to travel to Abu Dhabi, the Denbigh students are also the only all-female team to reach the World Championships, where they will spend a week at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit while their work is judged against 24 teams from 17 other countries.
As well as Niftylift, other local businesses also came out in force to support the students with sponsorship; T King Associates, MK Marking, Silverstone Park, MK City Plumbing & Heating and Revolve are just some of the organisations who have helped the five students exceed their £10,000 target. The girls also received generous donations from friends and family, who contributed through the Epsilon Engineers' webpage.