Coleg Cambria, with lecturer Daytun Unitt at the helm, hosted the first ever Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Challenge as part of the suite of Welsh Skills Competitions funded by the Welsh Government.

Over 200 Year 7 pupils took part in preliminary rounds, with three teams from two schools reaching the finals, held at the International Pavilion at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.

All competitors were asked to design a balloon and build a balloon powered car under pressure.

Coleg Cambria’s Daytun Unitt, WorldSkills UK Team Manager and Expert in Manufacturing Team Challenge wrote the task and has been liaising with schools across Wales.

Daytun lecturer at the fantastic new Engineering Technology Centre in Bersham Road, who judged the competition said:

“This competition will grow year on year and we’re looking to offer the opportunity to more schools pan-Wales next year and build pupils’ interest in STEM”

“This is a huge opportunity for the new curriculum review and reform, this competition allowing learners to put their learning into action and develop critical thinking” added Sue Quirk of Ysgol Glan y Mor.

Tili and Elain, competitors from Caereinion High School said:

“We really enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to use the practical equipment to design and create the car.  We enjoyed working together and experimenting whilst improving the design.”

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