Techno kids flex their muscles

PUBLISHED: 14:26 12 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

THE bright sparks of tomorrow had the chance to show what they can do today, at a special awards evening in Ipswich.

THE bright sparks of tomorrow had the chance to show what they can do today, at a special awards evening in Ipswich.

Students – each considered to be the best in their year group – entered their GCSE project work before a panel of judges in a bid to be hailed Ransomes Young Technologist of the Year.

The display ranged from innovative children's toys and an irrigation system, to promotional packages for opera and film.

The 15 to 16 year-olds proved that youthful enthusiasm was the key to success in the fast-paced world of design and technology.

Mark Jones, 16, of St Albans High School invented a Pandora's Box, which he hoped would prove an

economical and accurate aid for child psychologists.

"I got the idea so my sister couldn't get in my private stuff," he said.

The small wooden box was loaded with an alarm that would sound if the lid were opened. He said it would make an excellent aid for studying the behaviour of very young children.

Mark said it would help psychologists to see if the child would try to open the forbidden box if they believed no one would find out, and how many times would they try?

Lewis Copland, 16, of Stoke High School designed a colourful children's toy box, complete with Winnie the Pooh characters and ergonomic edges which is safe for youngsters.

The aspiring artist who will go on to Northgate Sixth Form, had illustrated the paper work detailing his research, so the whole project was colourfully presented.

The competition, sponsored by Textron Turf Care and Ipswich Borough Council, is in its 11th year, said organiser David Groves of IBC.

The mayor of Ipswich Maureen Carrington-Brown, who attended the Corn Exchange event with her consort Freddie Fox said: "The standard is extraordinarily high."

Natalie Welch of Westbourne High School won the graphics and design category, Mark Jones of St Albans's High School won the technology award and Robin Thorogood of Northgate High School was the winner of the construction award.

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