The students started by investigating wind turbines to find out how to maximise the amount of power. They then looked at how to reduce wind resistance on Channel Tunnel trains by streamlining drivers’ cabs.
The main project involved building a model of the hammerhead crane at the former Walker Naval Yard on Tyneside.
ICE North East regional education coordinator, Mike Gardiner said: "The ICE has a strong commitment to attracting young people into the profession and events such as this give them a chance to get a feel for a career in the sector through hands-on activity. While the project was tricky, the students rose to the occasion and the hope is that the project, when successfully piloted here in the North East, will be rolled out to other ICE regions."
Barnard Castle School head of department Alan Beaty said: "The students have been looking at issues relating to engineering within their coursework and project work and they have been looking forward to the day."
INPUT is a programme of engineering problem-solving activities that was launched in 1985. Since then around 200,000 young people have participated in an INPUT course.