Record number of entries for schools technology challenge

Jacob Patridge, Jamie Hewison, and Marcus Gilbey.

Jacob Patridge, Jamie Hewison, and Marcus Gilbey. - Credit: Archant

Students from across Huntingdonshire gathered at Abbey College in Ramsey this month to go head-to-head in a technology tournament.

Charles French, Owen Baker, and Felix Hughes.

Charles French, Owen Baker, and Felix Hughes. - Credit: Archant

Organised by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, the event saw a record of 86 pupils split into 22 teams on February 8 before they were tasked with designing and building a machine in just four hours.

The challenge was for students to construct an electrically-powered vehicle which could remove debris from a pipe, including use of pulleys, wheels and a motor.

A Rotary spokesman said: “The feedback from the students and their teachers was very positive and it was clear that they found the day enjoyable and instructive.”

This is eighth annual technology tournament the club has held, and this year saw youngsters from Abbey College, St Ivo School, Sawtry Village Academy, Kimbolton School, Ernulf Academy and St Peter’s School take part.

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After building their models, students presented their work to a panel of judges who awarded the foundation team prize to Kimbolton School and the intermediate team award to Ernulf Academy.

Taking home the advanced team prize was Abbey College, with team members Dilon Bennett, Joseph Brown, William Kelly and James Thomas.

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