On June 10th and 11th, a total of some 2,500 youngsters from all over the region descended on the Imperial
War Museum, Duxford, to work on a variety of technologically based projects from making an emergency shelter
to designing a hovercraft.This event, known as 'Techlinks' is now in its fifth year. Organised by Mid Anglia
SATRO Ltd, the Science and Technology Regional Organisation, the two day event is designed to enthuse school
children from both primary and secondary schools about engineering. Children have the opportunity to use
equipment not normally found in school, such as wind tunnels and test tanks.
Each year some 30 or so student volunteers from the Cambridge University Engineering Department join teams
from Mid Anglia SATRO Ltd, Science & Engineering Ambassadors, students from Homerton College and a team
from the INPUT Programme to stage the technological challenges. Event organisers Alan and Sarah Rowe praised
the efforts of the Cambridge students. "We couldn't run this event without them. It's hard work, they don't
have to do it - yet they are full of enthusiasm, which rubs off on the children they talk to."