Main organiser Anne Coulson (chair of RCLV Youth Services),
recruited entrants from Crosfields, The Holt, Highdown, The Piggott, Bulmershe
and UTC schools.
Teams were divided into three age groups, Foundation (11-13
years) Intermediate (15-16 years) and Advanced (16+).
Within the set time limit, in teams of four they were required
to design and make a wheeled vehicle and electrically operated jib crane to
retrieve a ‘toxic’ cannister and move it to place of safety. They were also
asked to produce documentation and diagrams to explain their work. Materials
were provided for them to achieve this.
A team of judges made up from several local Rotary clubs, BCS,
the chartered Institute for IT and STEM.
In addition to the final product, points were awarded for
planning and teamwork, design and communication skills.
The Mayor Of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards, came to observe
and present prizes to the three winning teams:
Advanced and Intermediate winners were from UTC and the Foundation winners were
from Crosfields School.