Technology Tournament 2018
March 16th Hollins Technology College, Accrington
Local schools put to the test by Systems and EDF Energy
The annual Rotary International / Systems / EDF Energy Technology Tournament, took place on Friday March 16th 2018 at The Hollins Technology College, Accrington.
Our regional competitions take place, on the same day across Lancashire and Cumbria.
The local Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley event took place at The Hollins Technology College, Accrington, with 13 schools participating.
128 children made up 32 teams plus teams of Teachers.
This year’s challenge:
The very challenging brief was to design and build a launching vehicle to hold a satellite (a golf ball), which had to go at least three metres into the air when remotely released, and then parachute back to the ground as near as possible to the launch pad.
The three sections, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced, had different parameters to work with around the same basic problem.
The children enjoyed a great day, not to mention the teachers, putting different ideas forward, using wood, glue, screws, elastic bands and even a clothes peg!
All while developing team work skills, meeting deadlines, planning, design, build and performance skills, as well as getting to know children from other schools.
The results were:
Foundation section Winners: Haslingden High School. Joint runners up with identical scores, Bowland High School.
Intermediate section winners: For the second year running, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn. Runners up Bowland High School.
Advanced section winners: Haslingden High School. Runners up Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn.
Chief Judge, Rotarian Don Fraser-Clark, commented on the high standard of entries this year with, what was a very challenging project. Rotarian Fraser-Clark also thanked Hollins Technology College for, once again, hosting the event.
Prizes were presented by Assistant District Governor Roger Brunt, Rotary Club of Accrington.The event was organised by Rotary Clubs from Hyndburn, Blackburn and Ribble Valley with a large team of Rotarians Stewarding and Judging.