On the final day of the Plantworx Construction Exhibition, which took place on June 15th, five primary schools from the local Peterborough area participated in the Primary Engineer STEM challenge. The event was hosted by Plantworx and supported by the CEA (Construction Equipment Association).
Schools in attendance
A total of 40 pupils took part in the challenge, which aimed to promote science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) education among primary school students. The event was well attended, and a number of judges from sponsor companies were present.
The participating primary schools brought their carefully engineered dumper trucks and lighthouses to the “Celebration Event,” where the competition took place. The judges, including engineers and apprentices from companies such as Caterpillar, CEA, Datatag, GAP, Gomaco, Mecalac, Flannery, and Xwatch, evaluated the projects and interacted with the school teams individually.
The judges assessed the design process, methods, and preparations used by each team. The teams’ communication skills and the best theme of the day were also taken into consideration during the judging process.
For the Primary School (Apprentice Level 1) teams, the final part of the judging process involved testing their dump trucks on a 12-meter by 4-meter “runway.” The judges observed how far and how straight the trucks could travel. The Primary Schools that used batteries (Apprentice Level 2) in their lighthouses were challenged to a “tip test” to assess the center of gravity, reactions, and stability of their creations.
Overall, the Primary Engineer STEM challenge at Plantworx provided an opportunity for local primary school students to showcase their engineering skills, while also promoting STEM education and fostering an interest in construction and related industries.