SCIENTIFIC skills were put to the test when schools from throughout the Troon community took part in an innovative challenge.

Troon Primary School played host to the final of the Glasgow University K’nex Challenge last month.

Taking part were all the schools in the Marr Cluster - the hosts, Barassie, Dundonald, Muirhead, Struthers and St Patrick’s Primary Schools.

The event was run to coincide with the Glasgow Science Festival and it really did prove a challenge to all participants, which got them really thinking.

Pupils were set the challenge of building a Ferris Wheel, with six moveable seats, which was 30cm tall - something which involved a great deal of detail.

There were varying degrees of success in the construction. But the winners of the event were Struthers Primary School, who secured a trophy for their efforts.

The schools had all taken part in individual heats leading up to the final which was very keenly contested.

Looking ahead, the pupils will use the skills they gained in many future projects they are involved in.