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●» STU­DENTS from schools in Tyther­ing­ton are designing and mak­ing their own roller coast­ers as part of an en­gi­neer­ing con­test.

Beech Hall Pri­mary and Tyther­ing­ton School pupils are among nine schools from Macclesfield and Con­gle­ton cur­rently tak­ing part in the Siemens Roller Coaster Chal­lenge.

Now in its third year, the project, which is run in part­ner­ship with mar­ket­ing agency TMC Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­volves pupils from years seven to nine.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, pupils from the schools were in­vited to Siemens’ Con­gle­ton fac­tory for a be­hind the scenes tour.

Dur­ing the trip they got the chance to see up close the tech­nol­ogy be­hind some of the UK’s most fa­mous roller coast­ers, in­clud­ing Al­ton Tower’s Nemesis and Black­pool Plea­sure Beach’s Pepsi Max.

Richard Dunn, project leader at Siemens UK and Ire­land, said: “We’re com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing the benefits of science and en­gi­neer­ing and nur­tur­ing young tal­ent through fun and cre­ative ini­tia­tives such as the Roller Coaster Chal­lenge.

“We’re de­lighted with the suc­cess of the pro­gramme to date and look for­ward to see­ing even more in­no­va­tive de­signs this year.”

More than 50 teams made up of 300 pupils are now work­ing hard on mak­ing their en­tries.

En­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tices from Siemens will men­tor the teams through­out the chal­lenge, which will come to an end with a pre­sen­ta­tion evening at Con­gle­ton’s Town Hall.

Prizes at the fi­nal event will be awarded for the best projects in three cat­e­gories, which are: In­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity and de­sign; Pre­sen­ta­tion and vis­ual ap­peal; Thrill fac­tor (G force and speed).

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