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Year 6 pupils at Balsall Common Primary School had a super surprise when some very flash Jaguar Land Rover vehicles arrived at school.

The visit was arranged to help bring to life the children’s STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).

Initially, the children listened to Quality Projects Lead Engineer, Benj Evans, speak about his personal journey, and how he had been inspired to become an engineer following a very similar project when he was in Year 6.

The children then had the opportunity to inspect the three cars; a brand new £80,000 i-Pace; a top-of-the-range Range Rover SVAutobiography, worth more than £170,000; and a 5-litre 575bhp F-Type SVR worth more than £130,000.

Dean Williams, Benj Evans, Andy Moore, Alex Symonds, Tiago Fernandes, Harrison Williams, Russ Winchester, Jo Smallwood with the Year 6 winners.

Following this exploration, the children were set a task come up with an innovative new idea to be used inside these vehicles.

Top ideas included a chair that tilts to help you in and out, a sat-nav that projects onto the windscreen and self-fastening seatbelts.

The winners all received an official scale model of one of the vehicles.

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Benj and his team were not finished there though – on one of the hottest days of the year, they painted all of the school fences.

Benj Evans said: “It was a real treat to be able to be share some of what we do at Jaguar Land Rover with the pupils and help, potentially, to inspire the next generation of JLR engineers and designers.

“The students generated many fantastic and innovative ideas and we were really encouraged by their great energy and how many questions they asked us all.”

Howard Rose, director of funding and publicity said: “A huge thanks to Jaguar Land Rover for allowing their staff the time, and cars, to visit and to everyone who took part, Dean Williams, Benj Evans, Andy Moore, Alex Symonds, Tiago Fernandes, Harrison Williams, Russ Winchester and Jo Smallwood.

This year, the free event is bigger than ever before – with 13 different research projects for youngsters to take part in.

“This really was a fantastic day. The children loved it and for many I am sure it was a day they won’t forget.

Hopefully we may have inspired a few engineers of the future.”

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