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Science challenge has magnetism

Pupils from local junior and infant schools converged on Cranleigh to kick off the Glebelands School science community challenge.

"The challenge has proved more popular than ever, with more than 450 students from Years 1 to 8 taking part in this annual problem-solving event throughout the course of the week," said Glebelands new headteacher, Anne Hutchinson.

This year the pupils had to design and build an electromagnetic crane to pick up old cars and put them in the crusher in order to recycle them.

They worked together with Glebelands Year 9 students to make sure that the crane was tall and strong and that the electromagnet worked.  The teams had only one hour and limited resources to complete their task and had to design and plan carefully, selecting only a fixed number of materials with which to build.

"All the students who took part were amazing.  Their designs showed many elements of the science that was discussed at the start of the activity and they showed how teamwork can produce great results," said Mrs Hutchinson.

Points were awarded for creativity and ingenuity and for the number of paper clips the magnet picked up.

"We could not possibly have predicted the superb range of creative and imaginative designs produced by the students," said Mrs Hutchinson.

"Judging the winner of each session was an almost impossible task as many of them did so well."

A total of 83 teams came from Chilworth, Ewhurst, Peaslake, Shalford and Shere Infant Schools; Cranleigh, Loseley Fields, Park Mead, Rudgwick and St Cuthbert Mayne Primary Schools and Holy Trinity and Tillingbourne Junior Schools.

Source - Surrey Advertiser