St John’s on-the-Hill School children took part in the annual STEMworks and GE Aviation K’nex Challenge on Wednesday 1st of February.

Pupils from Year 6 were tasked with working in pairs to build a vehicle that could safely rescue people from a burning building.

After a busy hour of building, Ben Jennery and Aiden Kitching were awarded first place, for their extendable platform design, which was inspired by a fire truck.

The pupils’ work was judged by two apprentices from GE Aviation who praised the children for their team work, technical thinking and problem-solving skills. Ben and Aiden will now represent the St John’s on-the-Hill at the K’nex Challenge Final, in April, where 100 schools will compete for the top spot.

Gavin Hancock, Acting head of DT at St John’s on-the-Hill, said: “We always enjoy taking part in the K’nex Challenge as it is great opportunity for our pupils to show off their technical abilities. Our pupils came up with superb designs to meeta tricky brief. Ben and Aiden are now preparing for the final, which promises to be an exciting and challenging event. Well done and best of luck to them!”