Digging deep in chase for £10k prize at Young Engineers STEM Challenge

Students from across the Fylde coast had to dig deep for year’s Young Engineers STEM Challenge as they chased the £10,000 prize.

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 8:57 am
Updated Thursday, 7th March 2019, 12:33 pm
A total of 17 schools took part in The Gazette's Young Engineers STEM Challenge at Blackpool and the Fylde College

Some 17 schools took part in the challenge, sponsored by Cuadrilla Resources and facilitated by Blackpool and The Fylde College, at the Advanced Technology Centre at the college’s Bispham campus.

The teams weregiven a blind challenge to design and make a syringe pump operating digger and use it to move rice from one container to another. Pictured is Harry McAleer from Rossall School.
The schools with the most rice would make it through to the final of the competition. Pictured are Jamie Hawtin, Alex Fox and Marianne Chapman-Fox from Garstang Community Academy

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Students showed off their skills by preparing designs before putting their inventions to the test. Pictured are Tom Langley, Joselyn Carter, Pharyn Ashton and Hannah Jones from Hodgson
Brodie Hamer, Lloyd Paterson, Hannah Mather and Harry Snelson from Montgomery Academy
The afternoon also saw the announcement of the STEM Champions of the Year, following presentations held at the College the previous week. A cheque for 1,000 was handed to the winners, Cardinal Allen Catholic High School.
Schools from across the Fylde coast took part in the Young Engineers STEM Challenge
St Marys Catholic Academy pupils hard at work
The pupils showed off their engineering skills for the judges
Mia Beilby-Duckett from Highfield Leadership Academy