Dunholme Children Throw Themselves Into Medieval Lincoln UTC Challenge

January 26, 2018 9:14 am

School children on the outskirts of Lincoln got to hurl cows and boulders as they tried to raise a mock castle wall to the ground today as part of a science project with a difference.

Thirty, Year Six, pupils at Dunholme St Chad’s Church of England Primary School were taking part in Junior Siege Engineers, a challenge organised by the Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) to mark 2018 being named Year of Engineering by HM Government (https://www.yearofengineering.gov.uk/).

The ten and eleven-year-old children were tasked to build a working Trebuchet with the aim of being the first to destroy a mock castle wall by launching toy animals and boulders at it!

Lincoln UTC,  the city’s specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school, designed the Junior Siege Engineers challenge to engage primary school pupils and make them aware of how STEM subjects play a vital role in most areas of life.

The challenge was delivered by Lincoln UTC’s Vice Principal, Stuart Hamer and four Year 10 engineering students.

At the end of a hard fought campaign, in which all of the armies successfully raised their castle wall to the ground, the children posed for photos dressed as medieval soldiers.

Opened in 2014 and based in an £8m learning facility, Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18 year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science. Supported by the University of Lincoln, Siemens and a range of Lincolnshire businesses, up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year.

This summer, 97% of A Level students secured a university place and 84% of candidates passed nine or more GCSEs, with 70% achieving at least five A* to C grades, including Maths and English.

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