Pupils put project into action....

Dozens of schoolchildren showed they were a class apart in a special competition in Cambridge. 
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"They were all really looking forward to the day out, and had a wonderful time. It's amazing how they worked together as teams."

Young engineers in the pipeline

Dozens of schoolchildren showed they were a class apart in a special competition in Cambridge.

The Rotary Club of Cambridge's Technology Tournament pitted nearly 50 children, aged 13 and 14, against each other - in a race to solve a design poser.

Working in teams of four the youngsters were set the task of building little vehicles that could be sent up a plastic pipeline to clear a blockage.

Rotarian Anne St Ives, who looks after Youth Service, organised the event at the Masonic Hall in Bateman Street for the Rotary Club of Cambridge.

She said "They were all really looking forward to the day out, and had a wonderful time.  It's amazing how they worked together as teams.

"They were given the problem to solve when they arrived, and after half an hour to look at how they might do it, they then got a further two and a half hours to prepare a design portfolio and then actually make a working machine.

"In all we had 11 teams of four, aged 13 and 14, and I think they had a lot of fun, firstly in thinking laterally, and then making their designs."

A team of judges led by Cambridge printing firm pioneer Graeme Minto chose four award winners and an overall winner.

The overall winner was Beechwood Focus School (Team 1).

Thank you to Cambridge News for this report in their February 8 edition.