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Year 7 pupils discover new skills in The Squashed Tomato Super Power Challenge

Two Aiming High Taster Days for Year 7 pupils from local schools were a great success when they were held in College on July 13th and July 14th.

The Taster Days gave high–achieving pupils the chance to work alongside the College’s own Engineering students to compete in the great Squashed Tomato Super Power Challenge – a science and technology based fun competition.

Schools taking part included Emerson Park, Albany, Redden Court, Bower Park, Brittons and Gaynes. Each school brought along a team of 8 to 10 students who used their initiative, team work skills, ingenuity and talents to win tasks based on transporting tomatoes from a farm in Nepal down the mountain and to the local market.

The students competed in three tasks:

  • To design and make a train using balloon power to deliver as many tomatoes as possible to market
  • To design and make a device to use with the drone to get as many tomatoes down the mountain and into the train
  • To design and modify the train to make it as fast and powerful as possible to win the tomato delivery contract

They had only a box of basic materials to use for each task, as well as a drone. Points were awarded for tomatoes transported off the ‘mountain’ successfully, delivered to the ‘market’ and for speed of the vehicle constructed.

The challenge was led by Engineering and Product Design tutor Guy Reid and facilitator Anneliese Attack. Engineering students from the College acted as mentors to the Year 7 pupils, guiding them with advice on design, power sources and the laws of physics.

The team from Bower Park School won the challenge on the first day and a team from Gaynes School won on the second day.

Science teacher Laura Bailey from Bower Park School said: “The students really enjoyed the day and they got so much out of it. They will take back many of the skills they have discovered and these can be transferred to the science and technology work that we do in school.

“The College’s Engineering students were great and our pupils worked well with them and really looked up to them.”