Pupils seek scientific approach to engineering
BUDDING Einsteins donned lab coats and safety goggles for a fun-filled science contest.
More than 200 pupils from 11 primary schools took part in Educating engineering kids (Eek) at Phillips 66, in South Killingholme, in conjunction with the Business, Enterprise and Education Partnership.
A team of Year 6 students from each school took part in three tasks – building a weight-bearing tower, making a rocket car and distilling 'oil' – to gain points and win the coveted Eek trophy.
Competing for Stallingborough CofE Primary were Andrew Leaning and George Drury, both 10.
Andrew said: "I enjoy science and it's fun taking part in the competition. I liked making the rocket car – ours went miles!"
George added: "I'd like to be a scientist when I get older. This is better than being at school."
Daniel Cook and Sophie Clark, both 10, helped the team from Ulceby Primary to build one of the best weight-bearing towers.
Sophie said: "We were given straws, pins, sticky tack, scissors and paper clips and we had to build the tallest possible tower that would support the most weight. Ours worked really well."
Daniel added: "It's really good working in a team and trying to do the best we can in each task."
Acting as a mentor for the team from Keelby was mechanical engineering apprentice Patrick Cole, 18, who works at Phillips 66. He said: "It's great to be able to show the students that science can be fun."
Organiser Paul Fairlie, from Oasis Academy Immingham, said: "This is the third Eek event we've held and it's growing in popularity each year.
"Every task is designed to include an element of engineering and to allow the pupils to put into practice the theory they've learnt at school."
Tetney Junior School won the Eek trophy.