Students from Howard, Westley and Horringer Middle schools, in Bury St Edmunds, became real-life engineers last Tuesday.
They researched, designed and built solutions to real-life engineering problems using BBC micro:bit – the small, programmable tool designed to introduce young people to the world of coding – as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge Day.
Matthew Hyndman, assistant headteacher and head of creative media at Howard Middle School, said: “It was fantastic. The children were extremely good coming up with very interesting ideas to pitch to Faraday people. It was very successful – I think the children learned a huge amount and enjoyed it very much.”
Westley pupils impressed with their two pitches, a combined thermometer and compass for people who get lost and a device for monitoring dehydration levels during physical activity, and could be asked to attend a national final later this year.