Making Knexions Workshop

Monday 7 November 2016

On Tuesday 1 November, Year 6 took part in a Young Engineers ‘Making Knexions’ workshop. Abbot’s Hill were joined by a team of six visiting pupils from Chambersbury School. We were also pleased to welcome two STEM Ambassadors to help with the judging of the task: Richard Boyle, from Henkel in Hemel Hempstead and Saheed Oyebamiji, a fourth year engineering student from the University of Hertfordshire.

They were split into small groups and were given roles of a Design Engineer or Construction Engineer. Each of the teams were mentored by two Senior School pupils from the Young Engineers Club who acted as Project Managers for the team.

The groups were given a task of building a shelter out of K’Nex, which would be need to be weather proof and provide lighting inside using a solar panel. All of the teams successfully completed the task, and the shelters were tested to make sure they complied with the requirements.

The teams were judged on their teamwork and communication skills, how they solved the problem and how the final design satisfied the design brief.  All of the pupils had a great time!

The winning teams on joint first place were Team 1 (Ella W, Amelia W, Aleyna, Phoebe, Holly, Lois, Pippa and Madeleine R) and Team 8 who were our visitors from Chambersbury School with Abi S and Rose F.