Help needed to motor to success

APPEAL: St Bede's School pupils (left to right) Abbie Leadbitter, Jack Slater-Harrison, Kate Ebblewhite, Jordan Charters and Hannah Henderson who are looking for sponsors for their project

APPEAL: St Bede's School pupils (left to right) Abbie Leadbitter, Jack Slater-Harrison, Kate Ebblewhite, Jordan Charters and Hannah Henderson who are looking for sponsors for their project

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BUDDING engineers are appealing for help to get them to a national competition.

A team of students from St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, in Peterlee, have reached the national finals of the Jaguar GT In Schools competition.

The exciting event will take place as part of the National Science and Engineering competition at the weekend at The Big Bang Fair, in London, which celebrates most of the recent major science, technology, engineering and maths projects being carried out by the country’s young people.

But the team needs the public’s help to pay for materials, uniforms, travel and accommodation so they can attend.

Team Elite from the school, which consists of Chloe Hinton, Kate Ebblewhite, Abbie Leadbitter, Hannah Anderson, Jack Slater-Harrison and Jordan Charters, have designed a miniature sports car which they will race against other competing schools in the competition, being held at the Excel in the Docklands.

The group spent around six months researching the project and the car is currently being manufactured by a firm in Brighouse, in Sheffield.

It will be able to reach speeds of up to 70mph and the students will compete against other schools by trying to race it around a 66ft track in the fastest time.

Team Elite hope to folllow in the footsteps of previous successful engineering teams from the school which have entered various competitions over the years.

These include a team that won the best innovation title in last year’s GT competition and a team that was crowned North-East winners and national finalists in the F1 In Schools competition, as well as another which was the Best Engineering Club in the Young Engineers Competition 2010.

Gary Glover, the school’s head of technology, said: “The team have certainly got a good chance of winning this year.

“We wish them all the best for next weekend.

“It would be really good if any local companies can help with sponsorship. “They will be able to have their company’s logo on the group’s presentation work and possibly uniforms, which will be seen by a lot of prestigious people.”

Mr Glover said a number of local companies, including Asda Peterlee, Chromazone, British Energy, AMAP, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Goodfellow, A19 Pools and Jaguar Spares have helped towards sponsorship so far.

Anyone who can help further is asked to call the school on (0191) 5862291 or email gtelite@hotmail.co.uk.