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Engineering challenge gets cogs whirring

Published on 21/04/17

Young engineers from The Hewett Academy got their thinking caps on for an annual competition organised by the region’s Rotary Clubs.

Students from Year 7 and Year 11 competed against teams from nine Norfolk schools in the 11th Rotary Club Technology Tournament, held at the Hewett last month.

The pupils raced against the clock to build a remote-controlled buggy that could remove debris from a pipe, using a basic kit including strips of wood, an electric motor, and some straws. 

Year 7 students Bailey Bird, Zubair Bhatti, Coby Hewett, and Max Bawdon, and the Year 11 team of Tom Line, Callum Smith, and Daniel Dobrin, were presented with certificates for their ingenious efforts.

The tournament was attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich, and sponsored by organisations including the John Jarrold Trust, KLM Engineering, and the Norwich Engineering Society.

Matthew Bilverstone, head of design and technology at The Hewett Academy, said: “The Hewett teams worked extremely hard on their buggies all day.

“They produced two ingenious designs which showed off their engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills.”