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2017 Winners



Moving Bridge

1st Place

Whitehill, Hitchin

2nd  Place

Hunsdon JMI

3rd Place

Long Marston VA CE

Whitehill_AM_Win_P1030080_sml Hunsdon (Lily Sharp & Chloe Simpson) 3 Long Marsdon (Ava Deacon, Jasmine Collinge) 3 (morning)





Crane with Gears

1st Place

Ponsbourne St Marys, Newgate Street Village

Nr Hertford

2nd  Place

Little Heath, Potters Bar

3rd Place

Ladbrooke JMI, Potters Bar

Ponsbourne1 Ladbrooke Y5 2 Little Heath (Holly Goodwin & Daisy Westrope) morning 2





Flying Machine







Timeline for the Knex Challenge


SEPTEMBER: Registration opens and closes once all of the spaces have been filled - MAX 150 Schools


OCTOBER: Allocation of challenge dates - according to location.


NOVEMBER: STEM Ambassadors are allocated to lead your challenge.


DECEMBER: Confirmation of your challenge date and challenge leader.


FEBRUARY: Training of all the STEM Ambassadors leading challenges.


FEBRUARY - JUNE: The challenges take place according to the schedule and the kits move around in a round-robin.


If you have any queries relating to the Knex Challenge please contact Vannessa Nash at [email protected]


A very engaging design brief that enthused the children. They all worked really well together and learnt a lot. Thank you

Fantastic workshop! The kids loved it and got a lot out of it. Wayne was a super leader, who really made the whole event. Thanks

This was a very good activity to develop team work and communication

It was lovely to see my class challenged and to think outside the box. Their cooperation skills were also lovely to see and their presentation.

As always it was such a wonderful session! It gave the children such a great opportunity to explore what they can do and achieve something they can be proud of.

The children enjoyed having the opportunity to design their own product adapting and changing their design as they built it.

The children had an amazing time and feel more inspired to look at the world of STEM. A fantastic opportunity

The children thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Bill was an excellent engineer who guided where needed.

A great morning. Thank You

It is a really good opportunity to see new skills. It encourages teamwork and problem solving skills.

What do the teachers say afterwards...

The aim of the K’nex Challenge is to provide primary school children with an introduction to the exciting world of mechanical engineering and technology in a fun and educational way. The challenge, run for Years 5 & 6 as a classroom activity and is suitable for children of all abilities. The challenge requires the children to work in pairs (max 36 children per session) and involves them in building a design solution to a problem.


We are very pleased to be able to offer this workshop for the low price of £65 per day plus 50p per student


The challenge encourages teamwork, communication, the opportunity for pupils to develop and demonstrate their problem solving skills, their imagination, creativity and ingenuity as well as early project management skills. The pupils start the challenge by drawing their ideas first and then building their solution, adapting their initial designs as they learn what works and what doesn’t! Every school completes the same challenge, and the class winners are submitted for entry into the regional competiton. On the day all the children receive a certificate and the winners get a medal.


Once you have registered your school’s interest online in September you will be added to the list. In January you will receive confirmation of your challenge date and details of your allocated engineer. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to allow schools to choose their own dates, as there are limited kits, which need to go around the county in a systematic way. There is a section on the form where you can list any dates which are not suitable and you would like us to avoid.


The challenge will be delivered by a trained STEM Ambasador, who will contact you prior to the challenge to run through the logistics of the day and then come to your school on the allocated date. The K’Nex kits required to run the challenge will be dropped off the day before. At the end of the session all of the models will be judged and a photograph of the winning model is sent back to the SETPOINT Office for the final judging process.


The overall top 3 winning schools from the county will each receive a trophy

for the school cabinet and some K’Nex kits to take home with them.

Whitehill5 Rickmansworth Park Y4 am Forres PM

1st Place

Whitehill, Hitchin

2nd Place

Rickmansworth Park

3rd Place

Forres, Hoddesdon