Ninjas in pole position for Silverstone Challenge

UNDER STARTER'S ORDERS -- (from bottom left) Amy, Elise, Chloe and Jasmine with their trophy -- DISPIC NHUD11-1949-1
UNDER STARTER'S ORDERS -- (from bottom left) Amy, Elise, Chloe and Jasmine with their trophy -- DISPIC NHUD11-1949-1

A TEAM from a Hucknall school who called themselves the Ninjas took the perfect racing line to win the design competition, The Silverstone Challenge.

The four 11-year-olds from National Comprehensive took on rivals up to the age of 18 in the contest, which is linked with the design centre at the home of British motor-racing in Northamptonshire.

More than 200 teams took part in an event that was launched by Hucknall’s Darren Giles, who is a technology and design teacher at National on Annesley Road.

Each group had to tackle one of two briefs — ‘engineering excellence’, which was about designing a museum for Silverstone, and ‘What do you call that?’, which involved coming up with a new product that doesn’t currently exist.

The Ninjas, who consisted of Amy Collins, Elise Radford, Chloe Bamford and Jasmine Beastall, came up with a wheelchair for disabled children that features a seat that lifts up and down.

They had to create the design and then come face-to-face with a panel of judges (not including Darren) and give a Dragons’ Den-style presentation.

As well as winning the category overall, the girls also won the award for best team image.

Their prize includes a trophy and a tour of the Force India Formula One team’s headquarters at Silverstone.

Two other teams from National also got through to the final of the ‘what do you call that?’ category. One came up with a four-seater vehicle similar to a quad-bike for children, while the other designed a bionic limb with an electronic link to the person’s nervous system.

Darren said: “I might have set up the competition, but I don’t get involved with the students in their design and I have nothing to do with the judging.

“I am very proud of them. They worked really hard and put in lots of extra hours at lunchtimes and after school.”

n OUR PHOTO shows (from bottom left) Amy, Elise, Chloe and Jasmine with their trophy — DISPIC NHUD11-1949-1