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Budding Engineers Build a Time Machine

Two pupils from Linchfield Country Primary School, Deeping St James have been selected as engineers of the future. Andrew Kelly and Ying Kay Ho were runners up in the recent Eastern Regional Final of the Junior Engineer of the Year Competition, held at the Ford Research in Dunsford, Essex.

Andrew and Ying put their design skills to the test and developed a time travel machine with the capabilities to move people both forward and backward in time. Their machine has on board a defence system, dual pilot seats and a tilting and connected propeller system.

The boys were competing against five other teams, which had all been selected at local heats. The budding engineers has just an hour and a half to build their machine, using a K'Nex construction kit per team, and then explain their ideas to the judging panel, who were all engineers. The judges were looking for originality, innovation and imagination - all talents required for a career in engineering.

Mike Palmer, Director of Hereward Satro, said: "It was good to see youngsters from Greater Peterborough do so well at this event. They are full of ideas and I'm sure that they will make their mark as engineers in a few years time."

Greater Peterborough Chamber supported the Junior Engineer of the Year competition which was organised locally by Hereward SATRO (Science & Technology Regional Organisation). K'Nex donated the construction kits used by the pupils. The competition is organised nationally by the Engineering Council.

July 2000




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