Pupils put engineering skills to the test

Six Torrington pupils in year eight scooped a win in the challenge held at Braunton Academy.

A GROUP of clever youngsters from Torrington have but their brains together to win an engineering challenge in North Devon.

The year eight pupils from Great Torrington School won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Engineering Challenge at Braunton Academy.

Each team had to produce a communication system to aid in a disaster situation, transmitting a message across the room with a device which could be scaled up in a real situation.

The pupils were assessed in all aspects including planning design, budgeting and the success of transmitting the message.


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At the end of the day, the pupils felt inspired by the engineering challenge and said they would consider it as a career path.

Mr Andrew Quance, a maths teacher from Great Torrington School, said: “The day was amazing; when I saw the challenge and saw everyone’s response to working out how to come up with the solution to the challenge it demonstrated some sound thinking and problem solving.

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“These are all good skills that they need for life and work situations.

“The pupils really did themselves and the school proud. Thank you for Braunton Academy for hosting an inspiring event for the area.”

The winners from Great Torrington School were Max Ashton, Russell Hookway, Tom Gaskin, Tom Luxton, Jesper Beer, Will Slocombe.

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