HUNDREDS of schoolchildren put their technological skills under the microscope.

More than 350 students from 50 different schools across the county made their way to IBM Hursley for the 18th annual Blue Fusion and Bright Sparks events.

In a series of one-day projects, 14-to-15-year-old pupils took part in a number of activities designed to show the possibilities of engineering and technology.

The days are organised by IBM volunteers, and activities included hands-on activities for logical thinking and problem solving, a virtual town-building exercise, environmental impact exercises, and robot and space station creation.

Schoolchildren from The Sholing Technology College, St Mary’s College, Regents Park Community College, Upper Shirley High, Testwood Sports College and Hampshire Collegiate School were among those that took part.