Junior engineers impress the judges

BUDDING young engineers from across Eastbourne pitted their wits against each other in the 2012 Junior Engineers Challenge.

The overall winners were Polegate School, runners up were Heron Park Community School and prizes also went to Hankham School and Shinewater Primary School.

Teams of four Year 2 pupils from nine Eastbourne schools took part in the annual engineering event which was held at the Congress Suite.

It was organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership as part of its Engineering Club programme.

The challenge’s theme was the recent Jubilee Pageant on the Thames and using a variety of recycled materials, the teams had to construct a sailing barge that floated and a means of wind propulsion.

The team from Polegate School took overall honours and received the Junior Engineers Challenge trophy and K-Nex prizes.

There were also K-Nex prizes for the other category winners and a special certificate for everyone.

Eastbourne’s mayor Mike Thompson and David Scahill, Master Engineer from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, helped with the judging and presented prizes.

Chairman of the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership Dr Steven Goss-Turner said he was pleased so many schools took part and grateful to everyone who supported the event.

Engineers from Alfa Laval, Wrightflow Technologies and HMD together with Science and Technology Plus prepared the challenge and helped on the day. Apollo Property Services Group sponsored the prizes and Eastbourne Theatres provided the venue.

The participating schools were Hankham, Shinewater, Roselands, St John’s Meads, Heron Park, Stone Cross, Polegate, Langney and St Bede’s.