Pupils help get panto star Belle back in action

Panto challenge winners SUS-140512-102611001
Panto challenge winners SUS-140512-102611001

Fourteen teams from Eastbourne primary schools took part in the annual Pantomime Technology Challenge recently.

Hosted by Eastbourne Theatres, the annual challenge was organised by the Eastbourne Business Partnership and part of the Engineering Club programme.

Following a synopsis of the story of Beauty and the Beast by one of the pupils from Pevensey & Westham CE Primary School, the teams were told that Belle needed a more up to date method of transport to get her through the forest to visit her father.

The vehicle needed to be all-terrain, feature the latest technology and have upgraded mirror communications.

The challenge presented the pupils with an opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, but, they needed to work to time as a team and create a solution using K’Nex construction components that was fit for purpose.

And, they had one just over an hour to do it.

As always, the teams work enthusiastically to provide the judges with 14 completely different solutions.

Mark Bush, from sponsors Keepmoat, who helped to judge, said, “I was greatly impressed by the many ideas that the teams came up with and the way that the children worked to resolve any problems during the challenge.”

The winning team from St Andrew’s Prep received panto tickets and book tokens.

Runners up from Ocklynge Junior School also received book tokens and West Rise Junior School received small K’Nex kits for highly commended.

All pupils received a special certificate in ‘recognition of achievement’.

Next year the panto challenge will be on December 4.