Fourteen teams from Eastbourne primary schools took part in the annual Pantomime Technology Challenge on Friday 3rd December. Organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership Ltd in association with Eastbourne Theatres and kindly sponsored by Wrightflow Technologies, the challenge is part of their annual Engineering Club programme.   

We know the story; following an evil curse (Boo), a beautiful princess had been sleeping for 100 years when a prince spies a hidden castle during a hunting trip. He learns that only a king’s son can awaken her – oh yes, he can! But how to get through the forest of trees and the brambles and thorns that had enveloped the castle? The prince needs a super flying/hovering ‘thingy’ machine with cutting tools and a ramp to enter the castle and awaken the princess and he knew who to ask!

The challenge provided the teams, working in pairs, with the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, but they needed to work to time using K’Nex construction components to create something that was ‘fit for purpose’ for the prince. And, they had just over an hour to do it!

The teams worked enthusiastically and produced some brilliant ‘thingy’ machines to help the prince. Cllr Pat Rodohan, Mayor, who presented the prizes, commented afterwards, “It was great to see the many ideas and solutions that the teams came up with and the way that they all worked together”.

The winning team from The Haven received family pantomime tickets provided by Eastbourne Theatres and K’Nex kits. The runners up teams from Stone Cross and St Andrew’s Prep received individual prizes and everyone received a certificate in ‘recognition of achievement’ and festive treats all provided by Wrightflow. Oh yes, they did!!