Crawley pupils help launch electronics challenge

Ifield Community College (ICC) pupils were the first to take on an electronics challenge today (March 14).

Thales, in Manor Royal, has set up a competition for pupils around Sussex to learn how to use engineering knowledge to create metal detectors.

The competition is being rolled out as part of this year’s third annual STEMfest - a festival which encourages young people to take part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Around 25 students from ICC took on the challenge during the launch of the competition at Thales this afternoon.

In the challenge, groups of pupils are given a tool kit and information booklet to create the metal detector and are sent around a course to find metal washers.

Winners of the competition will be revealed at the finale of the STEMfest, at Ardingly Showground, on July 1.

Crawley MP Henry Smith attended the event and thanked Thales for its help in inspiring young people to take an interest in subjects which children sometimes consider boring.

For the full report read next Wednesday’s Obby (March 19).