Bespak’s Steve Lovatt presents trophies to the winning foundation team from KES.

Students tested their technology skills in a tournament organised by King’s Lynn Priory Rotary Club.

The annual technology tournament saw 15 teams battle for honours from Lynn’s King Edward VII Academy (KES), King’s Lynn Academy (KLA) and Springwood High School at Gaywood.

The teams of four were given a kit, set of tools and a briefing sheet. They had to design and build a space capsule launcher which could fire an air golf ball vertically to a height of at least three metres and then parachute back to earth.

Foundation category winners were the KES Team One of Robert Addis, Hobie Riches, Lily High and Joey Ellis. Taking the honours in the intermediate category was KLA Team Four of Ross Chilvers, Alfie Holman, Callum Bentley and Georgia Dix. Senior winners from Springwood were Harry Pink, Scarlet-Lilli Cooke, Georgia Wilson and Darcey Hillard.

Steve Lovatt, director of quality at North Lynn’s Bespak, competition sponsors, said he was impressed with not only the skilfully produced capsule launchers, but the high quality of team work demonstrated.

Ken Banks, president of Priory Rotary, said: “It was so pleasing to see teams of young people enjoy the experience of working together on a practical problem.

“These are valuable life skills being learned which cannot be picked up by reading a book.” He expressed his deep thanks to the sponsor Bespak and to KLA for the valued use of the academy’s gymn in which the tournament took place.