Doncaster schoolgirl shows how it's done

Her prowess in competition, at an event to attract young people in to engineering, manufacturing and technology, landed a Doncaster schoolgirl a future job invitation at the age of just 11.

Monday, 9th May 2016, 1:46 pm
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 2:50 pm
Anita Kaur receive her prize

Kingfisher Primary School pupil Anita Kaur had no idea she had won a challenging competition at the regional event, Get Up to Speed, at Magna, until a surprise presentation in her school on Friday.

Anita beat a host of adults and older teenagers in the assembly of a complex valve in record time, and in a special school assembly on Friday was given her prize of a Kindle Fire HD, along with a job offer for the future from the representing company.

Deputy Head Jennifer Philbin said: “I am extremely proud and in awe of Anita! She whizzed through the valve assembly, I have never seen anything quite like it! I think she would have a very rewarding career in the engineering industry or as a magician!”

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After the presentation, Anita said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and in shock. To be the actual winner from so many older competitors is amazing.”

Kingfisher pupils who made the trip to Magna took part in a number of activities to test and challenge their engineering skills. They were among the youngest visitors as the majority there were of secondary and college age, said Ms Philbin.

Two other pupils from the schol, Elika Kahn, 1,1 and Chloe Tanner, 10, also won competition prizes.

A total 45 schools and 70 employers were at the annual event that attracted over 2000 visitors and involved all kinds of engineering and technical experiences and attractions. They included the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, Rolls Royce aircraft engines, and a giant digital Scalextric track.