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Kent schools team wins Alps challenge

A team of five children aged between 10 and 12, drawn from a number of schools in Kent, has won the ICE’s fifth annual Alpine event.

Fraser Armstong and Patrick Samuelson from Oakwood Park Grammar School, Jack Monk from Maidstone Grammar School, Amy Monk from Ulcombe Primary School and Heather Armstrong from Headcorn Primary School, took first place in the initiative that combines an engineering challenge for children with an exciting skiing break in the Alps.

This year a record 60 children from schools all over the UK participated in the competition, in which each team was required to construct a building using a range of identical materials, including paper straws and tissue paper.

The building was to be judged on eight criteria including sustainability, strength and thermal insulation properties. In addition the teams had to prepare a presentation of their entries.

The judges said the winning building combined the most efficient thermal properties and had the highest construction ratio. However, it was the carefully thought out compelling presentation which clinched the win at the final.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes said: "This event is proving an extremely popular initiative in engaging children with engineering, in demonstrating the fun of the challenge working in teams and how relevant it is to holidays in general and the Alps in particular. "The Kent team has demonstrated that the children taking part are indeed grasping the principles quickly and applying them with flair and initiative. I congratulate them all!"

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