Gripping science contest!

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BRAINY Wigan students came up with plenty of light bulb moments to win an engineering problem-solving contest.

Winstanley College teenagers scooped the top prize in the Advanced Level category at the District Technology Tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Neston.

This year’s competition, which was held at Neston High School on the Wirral, attracted 17 entries and teams were given a day to solve a problem based on engineering and scientific principles.

The Advanced Level teams were set the task of deigning and building a gripping device so a radioactive meteorite (in this case, a tennis ball!) could be safely handled from a distance.

The judges assessed each team on the basis of their planning and teamwork, design analysis and development, a portfolio and whether they had addressed the challenge and demonstrated having solved the problem. The Winstanley quartet - John Iyere, 16 from Wigan, Danielle Collier, 17 from Warrington, Peter Ball, 16 from Warrington, and Oliver Jennings, 17 from Standish – impressed the judges with their solution and walked away with the trophy and book vouchers.