Students are revved up for car challenge

In the race: Southlands Toyota Technology Challenge team, from left, Elliott Bolton, 12, Alexander Marsden, 13, Adam Evans, 13, Dominic South, 13 and Jack Stewardson, 13 (missing from picture, Callum Cross)

In the race: Southlands Toyota Technology Challenge team, from left, Elliott Bolton, 12, Alexander Marsden, 13, Adam Evans, 13, Dominic South, 13 and Jack Stewardson, 13 (missing from picture, Callum Cross)

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Students from a Chorley school are motoring ahead in a competition to design and construct a robotic car.

The 13-year-old pupils, who are all part of the Southlands High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) group have been working on their entry for the last four months.

They are now through to the northern final of the National Toyota Technology Challenge and are in with a chance of winning a trip to Greece if they make it through the next leg on March 22.

First they have to give a 10-minute presentation about their car and navigate it through a difficult route at the regional heat at the Royal Armouries Museum, in Leeds.

Their teacher, Martin Plunkett said: “The group has worked with great enthusiasm and have put in many hours of work. They are looking forward to putting their car through its paces in Leeds.”