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King’s Lynn Priory Club organises Eastgate Academy junior technology challenge





Pupils at a junior school took part in a technology tournament which was organised by Priory Rotary Club.

Rotary members helped to organise the day at Eastgate Academy, Lynn along with the lead in design and technology, Mrs Gosling.

Youngsters in the Canaries Class were tasked with a project to design an animal crossing to go over a busy pathway in an animal sanctuary.

Back from left to right, Priory Rotary Club members Ken Johnson, John Harrison, John Youngman and project leader John Leonard with pupils at Eastgate Academy
Back from left to right, Priory Rotary Club members Ken Johnson, John Harrison, John Youngman and project leader John Leonard with pupils at Eastgate Academy

Imagining they were environmental civil engineers working for Snettisham Nature Reserve, their finished designs were tested as models built to scale.

The crossing needed to be wide enough for red squirrels to cross from one side of the path to the other to collect food, and high enough to allow adults and children to walk under it.

The class was split into groups of four as they worked in teams to brainstorm and problem-solve.

The pupils get to work
The pupils get to work

John Leonard, Rotary club member, said: “The children really enjoyed the engineering debate and I was amazed at some of the things they knew and asked, and also how enthusiastic they were the whole day through.”

Pupils worked together in teams
Pupils worked together in teams

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