Youngsters engineer an inspiring competition

Published: 4 July 2016 at 12:00

Westcliff High School

Pupils demonstrate Essex’s creativity at science event at Anglia Ruskin University

Secondary school children from across Essex carried on the county’s fine engineering traditions by taking part in a competition at Anglia Ruskin University.

A total of 83 pupils from 11 schools across Essex competed in the annual STEM event organised by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES). 

51 different projects were on display, from rocket cars to a reversible dress and even a bear feeder for a zoo. Judges spent the day at Anglia Ruskin viewing demonstrations and hearing from the young creators.

Mayor of Chelmsford, Patricia Hughes, and Chairman of Essex County Council, John Aldridge, also attended and spent time speaking to the competition entrants, who were grouped and judged by age.

Roy Hilsley, Chairman of the CSES, said: 

“It’s exciting to see so many spectacular projects from these talented young people.

“We have been holding this event at Anglia Ruskin University for several years. The environment here for the final is inspirational to the contestants.”

Cllr Hughes added: 

“I was very impressed with all the projects entered by the incredibly talented local students at the CSES’s annual STEM competition.  The range of skills demonstrated and the enthusiasm was simply outstanding – very well done to them all.”

Professor David Humber, Provost of the Chelmsford Campus at Anglia Ruskin, said: 

“Chelmsford has a fine tradition of industry and engineering and we’ve seen that spirit continue today. It was a pleasure to walk around and see some of the imaginative and ingenious projects that these youngsters have worked on, and I hope they have enjoyed showing them off to the judges.

“We are privileged to be able to host the society’s competition here and I hope we will continue doing so for many years to come.”

The winners of the competition will be announced this week and presented with their prizes at a ceremony at Anglia Ruskin on 20 July.