Students from across West Norfolk have battled it out in Downham Market Rotary’s fourth annual technology day.

Around 80 pupils from the Iceni Academy at Methwold, St Clement’s High School in Terrington St Clement and Downham Market Academy took part in the event at the town hall on Tuesday.

All three age groups – year nine, year ten and sixth form students – were all tasked with building a lifting device.

The aim was to carefully remove a tennis ball representing a radioactive meteorite from a plastic container and lower it on to a target.

Students were provided with various materials including wood, elastic bands, small screws and drinking straws.

The event, sponsored by BAE, was attended by Downham Mayor David Sharman and his deputy John Doyle.

Rotarian Tony Jordan, who leads the team which devises the challenge nationally, also travelled down from Thirsk in North Yorkshire to see how the students got on.

The teams presented their finished models to five judges after lunch.

Holly Leech, Maddie Hobday, Tegan Barlow and Liam Nelson  were winners on the day.

The team was presented with  a cup, medals and a Tornado aircraft model provided by BAE.

Downham Rotarian Ray Starling said: “It was a brilliant and rewarding day with many people commenting on what a lovely atmosphere there was.”