Gomer Junior School’s 'Chugabug' wins Portsmouth High School's mini technology challenge day | Portsmouth High School

Gomer Junior School’s ‘Chugabug’ wins Portsmouth High School’s mini technology challenge day

Following on from the success of the Year 5 and Year 6 Challenge Day, Portsmouth High School hosted a similar event for Year 3 and Year 4 from external primary schools this week.

The girls were challenged to design, build and test a visitor attraction train for Southsea seafront which involved them in thinking, planning, constructing and presenting to a panel of external judges.

Girls from Gomer Junior School, St Judes Primary, Mengham Junior School, Hart Plain Junior School, Hambledon Primary and Highbury Primary schools joined a team from Portsmouth High School Junior School to take part in the challenge.

The girls were asked to design the visitor attraction train that would run on a test track and to create the travel company branding before presenting to the judges.  The panel was made up of Dr Misha Filip from the University of Portsmouth’s Engineering Department, Melissa Thomas from CCT.co and Andrea Birmingham, a Change Coach from BAe Systems.

Mrs Birmingham said:

‘I’ve enjoyed watching all the groups working together and it

is wonderful seeing them working hard and creatively.  Their quality of work has been spectacular, particularly for their young age.’

‘It has been a fantastic day,’ said Mr Willis, who accompanied Gomer Juniors.  ‘The girls have thrown themselves into the challenge and the don’t normally have time to dedicate themselves to one task so this is a wonderful opportunity for them.’

Caitlin Brighton, 7, from Hambledon Primary School said:

‘It has been really fun.  It’s an exciting day and we’ve learned how to balance the train and work together.’

Holly Stuart, 7, from St Judes Primary School, added:

‘Working as a team makes things so much easier and if we all have different ideas we can make one big idea which is better.’

‘The best part of the day has been making the carriage for Freddos to sit in,’ said Birthday Girl, Daisy Collins, 9, from Hart Plain Junior School.

The winning team was Gomer Junior School for their ‘Chugabug’ train.