PRESS RELEASE, IMMEDIATE, 10 July 2006
Media contact: Malcolm Clark: 01798 865799, email firstname.lastname@example.org
THREE YORKSHIRE SCHOOLS WIN THROUGH TO YOUNG ENGINEER
FOR BRITAIN NATIONAL FINAL
David Badger (18), who attends Birkdale School, Sheffield; Peter Southern (16), of
Stokesley School, North Yorkshire ; Sophie Avison (14), Helena Chadwick (14) and
Alice Kelly (14) of Skipton Girl’s High School have all won places in the National Final
of the Young Engineer for Britain competition after winning their age categories in the
regional final held last week at the Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield. Each of the
schools won £200, which will be shared with their winning students.
David Badger’s winning project, called Tug, was a collapsible lightweight trailer
moving device, which can be easily moved by one person, while Peter Southern, who
was judges to be the overall Young Engineer for Britain for Yorkshire and Humberside,
produced a toy puzzle called Zubble Bubble. Sophie, Helena and Alice’s project, called
‘Hands On’, was designed to prevent drivers taking their hands off the steering wheel for
more than a few seconds by sounding an alarm in the car. Coincidentally, last year, David
was the Yorkshire and Humberside Young Engineer for Britain with his project ‘Wheelie
Easy’ and Skipton Girls School won the Category A (KS3) Award with their project
Representing Yorkshire and Humberside at the primary level in the National Final in
September will be George Smithson (11) and Robert Stothert (11) of Rawcliffe Bridge
Primary School in Goole, who were the regional winners of the K’Nex Challenge.
George and Robert had to construct a model against the clock using K’Nex.
Budding young engineers between the ages of 11 and 18 from secondary schools across
Yorkshire and Humberside took part in last Thursday’s regional final, while primary
school students aged 7-11 took part in the K’Nex Challenge, in which contestants were
set the task of building a model using K’Nex against the clock and then demonstrating
the vehicle in action.
For further information contact:
Joanne Phillips, Young Engineers, Chiltlee Manor, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7AZ.
Telephone – 01428 727265; email – email@example.com
About Young Engineers
Participation in Young Engineers stimulates interest, appreciation and engagement in the
practical application of engineering and technology by young people in primary and
secondary education. It enables volunteer teachers and their supporters to provide
exciting, challenging and creative activities that enrich the STEM curriculum.
Central to Young Engineers’ operations is its growing nationwide network of after school
engineering clubs, which form a core constituent of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s
Best programme. The network is funded and supported entirely by industry and
professional institutions and is endorsed by Government.
The Young Engineers website: www.youngeng.org provides a virtual community for
teachers engaged in STEM education and offers them an invaluable resource, loaded with
information and hands-on engineering activities designed both to inspire students’ minds
and develop their know-how.
An exciting programme of challenges and competitions is organized each year to create
excitement and to help develop communications, literacy and numeracy skills both
individually and as part of a team. This programme includes Young Engineer for Britain
and YEDA, the Royal Navy Challenge, the BAA Challenge and the K’Nex Challenge.
Success in each brings rich rewards in prizes and prestige for both the school and the
student, which often creates a life changing experience.