Junior Engineers for Britain K'NEX Challenge 2011

Top Quote The actor and youth TV presenter Tyger Drew-Honey - well known for his work in the BBC's sitcom Outnumbered and CBBC's Friday Download - presented James and Jordan with their awards and prizes, which included 500 for their school and K'Nex construction sets worth 700. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 22, 2011 - On September 13th, two youngsters from Sledmere Primary School in Driffield scooped the title of 2011 Junior Engineers for Britain, awarded by the charity Young Engineers.

    James Bramma, eight, and Jordan Watson, 11, battled it out against 15 other 7-11 year old regional finalist teams from across the country at the 2011 Junior Engineers for Britain K'Nex Challenge grand final which took place today at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire. The annual initiative aims to inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering and in doing so, recognise the importance and excitement of engineering as a future career.
    James and Jordan took part in the The K'Nex Challenge where they had to create a design solution to lift boats up and down a waterfall, and build the ultimate construction in-line with this year's competition themes of boats, bridges and bees.

    The judging team - made up of well respected engineers and educators (Barbara Higginbotham, Data Harvest; Peter Halford, Imperial War Museum, Duxford; and Alison Free, Tomy) - assessed the youngsters in the areas of: presentation, communication and teamwork; problem solving; and most importantly operation, function and design.

    Judge, Barbara Higginbotham, from specialist science and technology supplier, Data Harvest said: "We were completely blown away by the level of talent from these youngsters. It was amazing to see the level of perseverance, ingenuity and confidence they already have at such a young age. The Junior Engineers K'Nex Challenge is a brilliant way of engaging primary age children and getting them excited about engineering. I look forward to seeing how their passion for engineering progresses and hope to hear that they become leading engineers in the future!"

    The actor and youth TV presenter Tyger Drew-Honey - well known for his work in the BBC's sitcom Outnumbered and CBBC's Friday Download - presented James and Jordan with their awards and prizes, which included 500 for their school and K'Nex construction sets worth 700.

    "Today has been the best day of our lives!" said James and Jordan. "It is so brilliant to be rewarded for something that we really love to do. Meeting all the other kids and Tyger Drew-Honey was brilliant - we can't wait to go home and tell all our friends and family about it. The K'Nex Challenge has definitely inspired us to keep on building and hopefully when we're a bit older we'll enter the Young Engineer for Britain Competition."
    Stuart Ellins, Chief Executive of Young Engineers concluded: "As the industry backed charity determined to raise the standards of engineering for children in the UK, we aim to inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering, and in doing so, recognise the importance and excitement of engineering as a future career.
    "The 2011 Junior Engineers for Britain K'Nex Challenge has proven to be a major success and we've had more than 40,000 children enter this year. K'Nex is the perfect construction toy to use in our Challenge as the sets have all the components needed for youngsters to make outstanding models which really stretch their imagination."

    About Young Engineers

    Young Engineers aims to inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering, and in doing so, recognise the importance and excitement of engineering as a future career. To do this, the organisation runs a wide range of national competitions and a national club network.

    The aim of the Junior Engineers K'Nex Challenge is to provide primary school children with an introduction to the exciting world of engineering by challenging them to produce a specific design solution for a set problem and then build the solution using K'Nex.

    For further information about the K'NEX Challenge see the Young Engineers website: www.youngeng.org

    About K'Nex

    K'NEX is the next generation of construction sets. It inspires creativity, builds self-confidence and encourages interaction among children and parents. Launched nearly 20 years ago, K'Nex is one of the UK's most popular construction toys and has a strong fan base which is committed to building extraordinary models of all shapes and sizes.

    About Data Harvest

    Data Harvest manufactures and supplies datalogging and control equipment to schools and colleges in the UK and across the world. The company is also the UK distributor of K'NEX Education construction sets.

    For further information about Data Harvest contact: Barbara Higginbotham or Lee Grahame, Data Harvest Group Ltd., 1 Eden Court, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 4FY.

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