STUDENTS from Neale-Wade Community College put their design, technology, engineering and maths talents to the test as they took on “The Wind Turbine Challenge”.

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More than 50 members of Year 8 from the March school took part in the project led by educational charity The Smallpeice Trust.

They were told to design and construct a wind turbine to produce the greatest amount of electricity. The turbine had to be free-standing and students had to consider time constraints, budgets and aesthetics.

Paul Davies, from the trust, said: “It was very encouraging to see the students so enthusiastic about the project.

“Their creative thinking and problem-solving skills were put to the test as they tackled the tasks in hand. We hope these students will consider engineering when looking to choose future study options.”

Nigel Denchfield, head of physics at Neale-Wade, said: “We were delighted to have this amazing opportunity. It will encourage our pupils to connect the taught elements of science and technology to what happens in engineering in the real world.

“By taking part in this day, we are hoping to put the spark back into these subjects and demonstrate to pupils that they are fun.”

For more information on The Smallpeice Trust visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk or phone 01926 333200.

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