STUDENTS turned detective to solve crime.
Year 8 and 9 pupils from Castle View Academy, Farringdon Community Sports College, Washington School and Thornhill School became CSI forensic super sleuths as part of a challenge day at Sunderland University.
It was held to give them an insight into the world of further education.
The Wearside students, inspired by their favourite TV shows such as CSI and Top Gear, were also tasked with building robots and their own mini car.
Reeves Campbell, a Year 8 pupil from Farringdon, said: “I loved the opportunity to finally learn more about the subjects, especially the more interesting aspects of science.
“I’m interested in all the chemicals that are used in forensic science and the maths that is used to help solve crimes.”
Fellow Year 8 pupil Ross Preston, from Washington School, said: “Designing the car was interesting and focused me throughout the session, especially thinking about the intelligence that goes into making one and coming up with the plans.”
The events took place at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, St Peter’s.
Deputy Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Robert Heron and Deputy Mayoress Juliana Heron went along to present the awards to the winning team.
The teams were mixed together to promote working with new people.
In the winning team were Kathleen Wood from Thornhill, with Emma Clennell and Georgina Bryden-Patterson, from Castle View.
They will now progress to the regional final which aims to engage pupils in complex problems, while raising their aspirations to study at university.
Jo Davison, science teacher at Washington School, said: “Most of the students we brought along are from our higher science classes.
“We are hoping it will help them with their problem solving, teamwork, thinking around the problem and apply the science and technological skills in different situations.
“I hope this offers them an insight into coming to the University of Sunderland, getting a feel for what it’s like and have a look around as well as raise their aspirations.”
The annual event is organised and run by MSC Projects, an educational supply company, and takes place across the UK.