Leeds Rotary Technology Tournament

Tue 12th March 2019 at 09.00 - 15.00

Held at the John Charles Centre this gives teams from Secondary Schools at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level a chance to test themselves to the limit


The Leeds Technology Tournament for secondary schools took place at the John Charles Centre on 12 March. This year 13 schools brought 38 teams with half in the Key Stage 3 Foundation category and one school participating for the first time. Each team has four members, is given the appropriate materials to complete the task and provides its own power and hand tools. Each team is judged on planning teamwork, design, described in a portfolio, manufacture and testing. Every participant receives a certificate for the day plus a celebratory Leeds Technology Tournament coaster.

This year’s task saw Rotary beginning a major project in a developing country with limited resources. Teams had to build a beacon with a distinctive billboard promoting the project lit by a flashing light.

Meritoriously the prize for Innovation in Design went jointly to two Foundation teams: , Drax 1 and Cockburn College of Arts 2. Winners of their categories were in Foundation, Morley Academy 2: in Key Stage 4, Intermediate, Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) and best of the Key Stage 5 Advanced teams with the most difficult target of making the light flash ten times in ten seconds: Abbey Grange.

Before the winners were announced four of the judges, Fay Best from Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Jules Ferguson, Carly Bray and Susan Hayes all from SIEMENS talked about their current demanding roles within their companies to the assembled teams.

The Lord and Lady Mayoress, of Leeds Councillors Graham and Pat Latty circulated with interest amongst the teams visiting every table as did the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of  West Yorkshire, Michael Fox.

The Tournament could not go ahead without the financial support of enthusiastic sponsors, nor the efforts throughout the year of a team of volunteers filling a diversity of roles from the six Leeds Rotary Clubs. Thanks go to all these interested parties.

The feedback forms from both pupils in teams and from their teachers are now being studied and will help to enhance, wherever necessary, next year’s event on 10 March 2020                                                                                            

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