K’Nex torch lit at fun park

The UK's top Knex designer David Church with his Olympic torch
The UK's top Knex designer David Church with his Olympic torch
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CONSTRUCTION has never looked as colourful as when children got creative at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Cars, flowers and even fair ground rides were created by dozens of budding engineers who got busy with special K’Nex kits as part of an expert building class.

K’Nex is a construction based toy designed to inspire the engineers of the future.

Kits include rods, connectors, bricks and micro parts, allowing creators to make models with moving parts, lights, sound and technology.

More than 60 children aged between six and 13 from around the country travelled to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to show off their modelling skills with impressive results.

A 1.8m replica of the Olympic torch built using K’Nex was also on show.

The model was made up of 874 K’Nex pieces and took seven hours to build.

K’Nexpert’ David Church led the masterclass. He said: “We had a brilliant response from the kids at the Pleasure Beach.

“They were really inspired by the surroundings and we had wonderful models of theme park rides as well as cars, flowers and robots.

“There were so many great models, I found it difficult to choose outright winners, so we decided to have multiple prizes and 15 winners were crowned.”

As well as taking home a special K’Nex box set, the winners also got to keep their model.

Alison Paterson, education manager at the Pleasure Beach, said: “We’re really pleased we had our biggest ever turn out for the K’Nex workshops. The children who took part said they had the best day ever as they got to go on loads of brilliant rides as well as building their models.”