Island school wins science festival awards for designing balloon-powered cars

Pupils from St Thomas Canterbury Catholic Primary School with their prizes.

PUPILS at a school in the Isle of Wight were delighted to find out that they were the winners of the Noel Turner Science Festival competition.

Year 5 pupils from St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Carisbrooke, won the prize as part of a science festival held at Cowes Enterprise College in June.

Prior to the event, attending primary schools were asked by Johnson Electric to design a balloon-powered car that could travel the furthest distance, using a range of recycled materials.

Two designs, titled ‘Cringer’ and ‘Chicken Nuggetmobile’, helped students from St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury be named overall winners.

Prizes of a laptop computer and a set of pens, colored pencils and technical drawing pencils were donated and presented by contest sponsor Johnson Electric.

Principal of St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Canterbury, Kate Bakewell, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted as a school that our Year 5 children won the overall award.

“These STEM-based activities are a great project for kids to participate in and can teach real science principles in a fun and hands-on way.

“I would also like to personally thank Johnson Electric for the generous award for our school.”