Pupils take part in unique challenge

Aspiring engineers have taken part in an exciting new challenge to design and build a super capacitor powered vehicle.

Seven teams of students from North Tyneside Learning Trust secondary schools took part in the challenge as part of the Trust’s five year Step into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme, designed to raise awareness of the rewarding careers in engineering and provide young people with the skills, experience, drive and opportunities to pursue them.

The children enjoyed hands on engineering experience by designing and building a chassis, attaching suitable wheels and selecting a gear system.

They then marketed their design to convince a panel of investors to buy their design, learning about s​​ome​ of t​​he less well known careers that the engineering sector has to offer, such as marketing and finance.

The day culminated in a competition between the student teams from Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Churchill Community College, Longbenton Community College, Monkseaton High School and Whitley Bay High School.

Vehicles were put to the test for both speed and distance, firstly to see how far they would go on a single charge, before the finale, a race to see who could cross the finish line first.

A team from Monkseaton High School consisting Olivia Cordes, Mya Markham, Olivia Milburn and Jasmine Henderson, won the competition.