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Highnam Church Of England Primary Academy

01452 525872

Wetherleigh Drive, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8LW

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Kings Science and Engineering Challenge

For the past six years King's School, in Gloucester has held a Science and Engineering Challenge for primary schools in Gloucestershire. This year there were about 10 teams that entered and the Highnam team was Sophie, Matty, Christopher and Ben.

The Challenge

The task was to build a wind turbine which would be used to generate electricity.


On our tables we had our instruction sheet and a box of materials. In the box we found: a motor, spindle disk, card, dowel rod, scissors and glue, plastic straws, string, elastic bands, lollipop sticks, pencils, paper and a ruler.

Building it

This was a very tricky task. Once we thought about our design we got to work on building our wind turbine. There were four stations with fans on so we could test our model to see how it worked. Here is our final model:

The results

The judges took into consideration teamwork, design and the voltage achieved from the wind turbine. Our model didn’t really turn round so we didn’t win but we had fun trying!

The parents

There was a table set up for parents to have a go at the challenge. They worked extremely hard and built a fantastic wind turbine. We think they enjoyed themselves!

Thank you to parents and teachers for organising the event and taking us along.


Written by Ben, Christopher, Sophie and Matty