SCHOOLCHILDREN proved themselves to be on top form when they showcased their inventions.

More than 150 youngsters produced contraptions ranging from a rail safety system and a water pump for use in the Third World, to robots, flood alarms, gadgets to help autistic children and an aid for tennis umpires.

The occasion was the North-East finals of the Young Engineer for Britain competition, which was staged at Samsung, Wynyard, Teesside.

Mike Airey, for the organisers, said: "We always expect some ingenious entries, but the students have absolutely outdone themselves this year.

"We've been thoroughly impressed at the quality of their inventions."

Younger children tested their engineering and design skills in a bridge building competition. Teams from five primary schools were challenged to build bridges.