The competition aims to inspire young students to consider design and engineering in higher education and as careers. Over 500 schools participate annually, many incorporating the competition into curriculums. PTC sponsors the challenge along with its UK partner, Root Solutions, and Hornby Hobbies Limited. Hornby Hobbies is a long-time user of PTC solutions for the design, manufacture and documentation of its world-renowned Scalextric, Hornby, Corgi and Airfix branded products.
Since this year’s challenge was launched in October 2011, children aged 11 to 18 have been designing, manufacturing, testing and refining their slot cars. Ten teams have made it to the finals this Sunday.
Tom Malloy, industrial designer at Hornby Hobbies, and part of the judging panel this year, said: “I’m excited to see how the children have worked on their designs and what’s finally been created. We all have to start somewhere when thinking of a career path and what a brilliant way of nurturing the designers and engineers of tomorrow by involving our brand and giving them a tangible competition. These students have been working with the same design software that I use – what a great, fun introduction.
“Last year judges commented on the very high standard of designs and the technical innovation shown by the teams. Roger French from Root Solutions highlighted the wide range of manufacturing processes used by teams and commented on “the clever use of PTC’s Creo Parametric 3D design software to create aerodynamic bodies and chassis to accommodate the motors, gears and pick-up systems.”