Pupils buzzing after metal detector work

Pupils check out the metal treasure during their visit to Catterick Garrison.
Pupils check out the metal treasure during their visit to Catterick Garrison.
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Military equipment that saved thousands of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan has been helping North Yorkshire schoolchildren with their lessons.

Pupils from Risedale Sports and Community College were shown how to use the Vallon metal detector by Sergeant Major Mark Hill, 4th Infantry Brigade’s Youth Engagement Officer.

They learnt how to sweep for objects in a large field in Catterick Garrison turning up a variety of metal objects.

The Vallon detectors were used on operations to search for explosive devices.

Now the equipment has proved its versatility by featuring as part of an Army community engagement initiative with Risedale College, based in Hipswell.

Sergeant Major Hill said: “Learning how to operate a metal detector helps the pupils learn about geography, geology, physics, electricity and electronics.

“This S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) session helps young people become independent, creative and is a great way to get hands-on activity outside the classroom which is both fun and educational.”

The college’s student support manager for learning years 7 to 11, Helen Porritt, said that the pupils had enjoyed the metal detecting.

She said: “They have been buzzing about this activity all week and have had lots of fun.”