Engineering a bright future for design duo

Iris Rawsthorne and Radia Islam with their prizes along with teacher Mitch Dent and Dale Tansley, of Quick Hydraulics.
Iris Rawsthorne and Radia Islam with their prizes along with teacher Mitch Dent and Dale Tansley, of Quick Hydraulics.

Budding engineers at a Whitley Bay school are celebrating after winning a top award.

A team of Year 6 pupils from Appletree Gardens First School took part in a competition organised by Primary Engineering to test their skills in designing and building a vehicle made from a box.

And the winning duo of Iris Rawsthorne and Radia Islam were left celebrating after their vehicle was named the winner of the Year 6 section at the Tyne and Wear finals held in Washington.

They were assessed on how straight the vehicle travelled and how far it went down a ramp, each winning a medal, certificate and Lego kit.

In the build up to the finals, Quick Hydraulics worked alongside the pupils at Appletree Gardens.

Employees Rob Harrison and Dale Tansley visited the school twice to talk to the pupils about life as an engineer and to find out their reasonings behind their design.

Year 6 teacher Mitch Dent said: “The children have worked tirelessly throughout the competition.

“It started with interviewing engineers, planning new inventions and resulted in building a vehicle.

“We’re so pleased for them, they completely deserve it.

“As part of the final, the children were interviewed by engineers and spoke with passion and detail about what they had produced and how they engineered it.

“Iris and Radia should be very proud with their achievements and how they represented Appletree Gardens in the finals. They really are excellent role models with bright futures ahead of them.

“I would also like to thank the staff from Quick Hydraulics for the time and help.”