Stevenage students tech on challenge

Students from The Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering get to grips with the challenge

Students from The Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering get to grips with the challenge - Credit: Archant

STUDENTS have been battling it out in an annual technology tournament.

The event for schools in Stevenage, now in its 15th year, was held at The Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering in Monkswood Way for the first time and organised by the Rotary Club of Stevenage Grange.

Secondary school students from across the town were given the challenge of designing, building and testing a weight-powered vehicle before launching it off a ramp.

Judges assessed the travelling distance of the vehicles, as well as teamwork, group portfolios and whether students had considered the green agenda in their design before making a decision.

Thomas Alleyne was declared the winner of the 11-14 age category, while John Henry Newman came out on top in both the 14-16 and sixth form categories.


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“It is great to see so many budding engineers in the area, which is just what our local businesses are seeking,” said Donna Lodge, principal of The Da Vinci School, which came second in two age groups.

“I am especially impressed by the participation of so many girls, all keen to challenge the outdated stereotype that engineering is just for boys.”

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