New engineering challenge launched at Big Bang Fair

A new education initiative launched at the national Big Bang Fair is opening the door to engineering for children across the country. 

Junior Technology Tournaments are inviting school children to take part in a range of activities that encourages them to think about engineering. 

The scheme was developed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and is based on success of the Rotary's existing Senior Technology Tournaments, where secondary school students take part in innovative engineering challenges as part of a national competition. 

Eve Conway, president of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, said: "Our Technology Tournaments, facilitated by local Rotary clubs across the country, have become a great success. We are now thrilled to be able to offer this junior version, which has been made possible by working with the Rochester Bridge Trust."

The Junior Technology Tournament challenge packs includeImage removed. instructions for organisers, on-the-day teaching materials and all the guidance needed for a successful event.

Aileen White, education officer at the Rochester Bridge Trust, said: "We have produced a complete set of primary level education materials that can be used by Rotary clubs all over the country to open young children's eyes to the possibilities of engineering through hands-on activities.

"This is an exciting next step in our efforts to support and inspire engineering education."

The Junior Technology Tournaments were launched by the Trust's education mascot Langdon the Lion on the first day of the national Big Bang Fair at Birmingham NEC. 

Its launch also coincided with two days of bridge building activities in the main area, offering young people an insight into civil engineering.