Engineers put design skills to the test

Rotary Science and technology fair''Anna Sweeney, Ella Smith, Elliot Metcalf and Duncon Jackson from Eskdale School ''w130923a
Rotary Science and technology fair''Anna Sweeney, Ella Smith, Elliot Metcalf and Duncon Jackson from Eskdale School ''w130923a
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BUDDING young inventors put their design skills to the test in a competition to find the engineers of the future.

The annual technology tournament, organised by the Rotary Clubs of Whitby, saw pupils from 12 schools around Whitby and Teesside work together to design and build a weight-powered vehicle to be tested by a panel of judges.

This year’s tournament was supported by York Potash, the company proposing to build a mine at Sneaton.

Matt Parsons, education and skills manager at York Potash said: “This task is a real test of problem solving as well as structural and mechanical engineering.

“Getting pupils interested is both a national and regional priority because it underpins our advanced industries and is key to fostering innovation.

“But perhaps even more importantly it demonstrates that engineering can be tremendous fun and lead to a very rewarding future career.

Fred Payne from the Rotary Club of Whitby and district added: “We are all very grateful for York Potash’s and other sponsors’ kind generosity which has helped us to run an informative and enjoyable event.

“The pupils got a lot out of the day with the competition testing their science, maths and engineering skills as well as their ability to work together.”

Pupils from Fyling Hall School, Eskdale School and Sacred Heart School in Redcar were awarded first prize on the day in their respective categories.