Wow! What an amazing event was held on Tuesday at Richmond Park Academy!
Eva Peters from the Rotary Club of Twickenham had brought together 100+
students and teachers from 9 local schools to design and build a solution to a
task using only materials supplied. With no idea what the task was until the
day, it was superb to see them all taking their tables in the hall and getting
their heads down to problem solve.
The challenge for 2017 was to design, develop and build a working model
vehicle to clear accumulated rubbish from a length of gutter pipe. Working in
teams of four they could only use basic materials including strips of wood,
dowel, tape, cardboard, glue, elastic bands and an electric motor. The results
were judged on the basis of the best design, team working and success at the
Of course this event was too big for one person alone to run – even one
Club alone! Members from the other four Rotary Clubs in the borough (Twickenham
upon Thames, Richmond, Kew Gdns and Teddington & the Hamptons) supported
Eva and Twickenham RC in the organisation and running of the event.
How did all this happen? Well - go back a year and find Eva and her team
running the first Techno Tournament with 11 teams of Foundation level students
from 8 local schools at the Mall School in Twickenham. It was such a success it
had to be repeated and expanded this year. Eva needed to find bigger premises
and Tracey O’Brien, Deputy Principal of Richmond Park Academy offered the
school’s main hall.
So it was that on Tuesday 28th March, 22 teams from 9 schools in
Richmond borough participated in the 2017 tournament. The larger premises meant
that the competition could include Intermediate and Advanced level students.
Not wanting to be left out of the fun there were also 2 teacher teams in a
category of their own!
Prizes were handed out enthusiastically by the Mayor, Councillor David
Linette. Foundation winners were Richmond Park Academy, Intermediate: Radnor
House and The Lady Eleanor Holles School won at Advanced level.
Event organiser Eva Peters
said “This was another great example of our local Rotary Clubs working together
and I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped and everyone who took
part. We are also grateful to Richmond Park Academy for hosting the event. All
the youngsters enjoyed the experience and we were impressed by the enthusiasm
and imaginative ideas that the tournament produced”.