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Harrogate pupils shine in technology contest

Ashville Junior School  pupils Ryan Harland, Harry Hields and Rebecca Morales with Helen Kenyon and Graham Salts from Vantage Toyota, Knaresborough.

Ashville Junior School pupils Ryan Harland, Harry Hields and Rebecca Morales with Helen Kenyon and Graham Salts from Vantage Toyota, Knaresborough.

Pupils from a Harrogate junior school have made the “car the star” in an annual design technology project.

The culmination of the term-long project at Ashville Junior School – which featured a fact-finding visit to a local car showroom - saw the Year 5 pupils using their skills and imagination to create their own car and compete for the titles of best racer, sleekest car and funkiest design.

During their lessons the pupils learned about design, aerodynamics, engineering and the skills needed to develop and make a unique vehicle that will beat its competitors over a number of different disciplines.

Ashville Junior School Headteacher Jonathan Dolman said: “This project is always hugely popular with the pupils.

“ The highlight of it is the grand finale, where all the cars are lined up against each other to battle it out for one of the three prizes.

“As ever, competition was fierce, and the cars the pupils made were fantastic. An awful lot of hard work, thought and creativity, had gone into making them.

“Once again I’d like to thank Vantage Toyota for inviting the pupils to their Knaresborough showroom, which helped them gain an understanding of the complexities of car design.

“In addition, the company provided prizes on competition day, plus two judges who had the very difficult task of picking the winning designs.”

The three winners were Harry Hields, furthest travelled; Ryan Harland, most aerodynamic; and Rebecca Morales, funkiest design.

 
 
 

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