Primary Engineering Regional Finals 5th June 2015

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Emma Gamble and Kyle McGregor from P4 had an exciting day on Friday when they took part in the Young Primary Engineering Regional Finals at Babcock Services in Dunfermline.

Emma and Kyle zoom to regional finals

Emma and Kyle zoom to regional final

Both children qualified for the competition after creating model cars out of boxes as part of a class project with Miss Cartlidge last November.  During this competition Emma Gamble was overall winner for her design and Kyle McGregor came runner up.

Every class member participated in the project which involved making a car that would move using a push or pull force and had to contain a safety feature.  During the project they had support from a real engineer – Andrew Steel, who came in to share his knowledge and expertise with the children.  He then helped children overcome design problems as they made their cars.  Children were judged on 4 categories by Andrew and 2 other guest engineers from our business partners NOV and Petrofac.  The categories were – distance the car travelled using push or pull, safety features contained, overall design/theme and personal qualities children showed whilst building their cars i.e perseverance/support for others/problem solving capabilities.  It was very hard to judge as all children’s completed cars were excellent!

As the overall winners, Kyle and Emma plus their families were entered in the Scottish Regional Finals and competed their cars against other overall school winners from authorities across Scotland.  Kyle and Emma competed in Apprentice Level 2 which their cars met the criteria for.  These were a box car which moved using a push or pull force and contained safety features.  They both put alot of work into preparation for the big day with support from the mum’s who helped put their presentation boards together for the competition.  There was certainly some great designs to compete against on the day!

After some intense scrutiny from several judges, where Emma and Kyle had to explain their car design and its features and a further practical distance test, we are very proud to announce that Kyle was awarded 2nd place for his category.  He was awarded his own trophy, a medal and a certificate.  The school has also been given a nicely sized, hand designed trophy to recognise Kyle’s achievement.  This will be displayed in school.  Both children should be very proud of themselves.  We had a fantastic day.

Miss Cartlidge would like to thank both the families who were so supportive and went that additional mile to finish all the extras we needed for the day!