Current Primary School Activities (2018)

Build It

Students will design and build a chair that is strong enough to support two 3D printed pets sitting by themselves and together, and also jumping onto the chair. The aim is to make a profit.


Students will design and construct a tower from common materials. The tower will be tested for strength using small weights, under both static and seismic (shaking) conditions.


Using a powered board, students connect various types of electrical cables to provide electricity to a city’s infrastructure at the lowest cost possible. This means carefully thinking about what type of electrical cables should be used and the way they are interconnected.

Get a Grip

Students design and operate a bionic hand that is dexterous and strong. Each team will build fingers and a thumb for the hand so that a number of tasks can be completed.

Get Over It

Students will build a light and strong model bridge inside a U-shaped cradle that can support a trolley carrying ‘gold’ ingots from one side of a test rig to the other. Points will be awarded for each successful crossing, with the number of ingots gradually increasing.

Light Comms

Students design efficient codes to send secret messages along fibre optic rods using pulses of coloured light. Teams are scored based on the accuracy in transmission of the message being sent.


Students will build a miniature catapult (minipult) that can fire a projectile accurately and over a long distance. They will be provided with wooden sticks, rubber bands and masking tape.


Students develop networks to join a series of towns together in the most efficient way possible. The higher the efficiency of linkage (ie. minimum travel distance) the more points each team earns.

Water Wheel

Students use commonly available materials to build a water wheel that can harness the power of water as it flows over it. The water wheel needs to be simple, robust and efficient.