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DSHS Teams Successful at 4x4 in Schools World Finals

April 22, 2019
Dripping Springs High School was well-represented by two teams at the Land Rover 4X4 in Schools World Finals in Coventry, England, the week of April 14. The challenge involves small teams working together to design and build a radio-controlled four-wheel drive (4x4) vehicle to set specifications. The vehicle must be able to successfully negotiate a specially designed test track emulating real life and it must perform as a full-scale 4x4 vehicle would do in an off-road situation.

In the four-day competition, the teams placed ninth (PawXPaw) and 10th (Turbo Tigers) out of 22 teams. The PawXPaw team was nominated for two special awards and won the ACES ( Autonomous, Connected, Electric, & Shared Vehicles) Award. The team was recognized for its concept of implementing machine learning into an autonomously piloted remote-controlled car that is trained to recognize road signs and to drive accordingly using sign recognition and training code. 

The PawXPaw team consisted of: Sarah Bouckley, Nicholas Enloe, Ethan French, Cade Murray, Sean Nelson, and Brandon Richard.
The Turbo Tigers are:  Bryce Fitzpatrick, Jason Fitzpatrick, Colton Rhoades, Dylan Rice, Alfredo Salazar, and Cole Scott.

The teams qualified for the World Finals based on their one-two finish at the national competition held in Austin last fall.