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    Pupils Rise to DTE Challenge

    Kimbolton hosts Rotary Club’s annual technology tournament.

    Mr Kevin Spencer, Head of Design Technology Engineering at Kimbolton, said: “All of the pupils performed incredibly well to solve the challenging design brief and can be congratulated on their success.”

    Their challenge was to design, build and launch a space capsule, which had to be launched vertically and reach a height of 3 metres before returning to earth by parachute. The pupils, aged 11 to 18, had just four hours to construct their capsules, using basic materials including elastic bands, wood, wire, card and glue.

    The task was successfully achieved by the majority of schools but the winning teams were Ernulf Academy (Foundation), Sawtry Village Academy (Intermediate) and Kimbolton (Advanced) – congratulations to Lewis Giddings, Zak Hall, Katie Lawrence and Lewis Meakin. The decision was based on the detailed and comprehensive design folder they had produced and their teamwork during the day.

    The winning teams each received certificates and an engraved glass trophy, donated by Urban & Civic plc and presented by company representative Ms Rebecca Britton.

    The Kimbolton victory was particularly sweet for Sixth Formers Katie Lawrence and Lewis Meakin, who had both previously been on winning Foundation and Intermediate teams when they were in the Third and Fourth Form. They are pictured here with their trio of trophies!

    Today we welcomed 21 teams to Kimbolton to take part in the Rotary Club of Huntingdon’s ninth annual technology tournament. Teams from Abbey College, St Ivo School, Ernulf Academy, Kimbolton School and Sawtry Village Academy competed in three categories (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced).