Two youngsters from Woodstock have been crowned champion K’Nex builders.

Woodstock Primary School pupils Sam Press and Jude Boag-Matthews were named Midlands Making K’Nexions Champions 2012 last week.

The competition was organised by charity Young Engineers to encourage youngsters to think about a career in engineering. The 11-year-olds beat finalists from 12 Midlands schools at the competition, which was held in Drayton Manor Theme Park.

They had just two hours to design and build a new theme park ride using K’Nex construction sets.

Sam said: “It was the best day of our lives. It was great to be rewarded for something that we really love to do.”

He and Jude won a large K’Nex construction set, worth more than £100, for their school and £50 K’Nex sets and vouchers for themselves.

K’Nex marketing manager Ruth Williams said: “We are thrilled that kids up and down the country are taking up the challenge to become budding engineers.

“It was amazing watching the pupils taking part in the challenge. Their vision and inventiveness was very impressive.”

Young Engineers projects manager Joanne Mitchell said: “K’Nex is the perfect construction toy to use in our challenge as the sets have all the components needed for youngsters to make outstanding models which really stretch their imagination.”