Technology Tournament 2017

Tue 7th March 2017 at 09.05 - 17.05

Inner 9 Technology Tournament was held at Dewsbury Rams rugby ground 7th March 2017.

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The annual Technology Tournament was held at Dewsbury Rams Rugby Ground facilities.
Local schools from Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds areas competed at 3 levels
Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.
Nine Rotary Clubs from West Yorkshire helped to run the event with 12 schools and 27 teams
competing in three different age groups
they all took on the challenge of building a space capsule launcher.
The project aim was
at the Advanced level, to project a capsule holding a ball and parachute to a height of 2.5 metres, for the capsule to break away and return to ground, the ball and parachute to continue upwards until the parachute opens and the ball then drifts back to ground.
Most teams made a good attempt at the project and were marked by the judges in
10 sections for 100 marks.
The schools taking part were Upper Batley High School, Batley Girls High School, Whitcliffe Mount,
St John Fisher, Thornhill Academy, Mirfield Free Grammar, Spen Valley, Woodkirk and  Ossett Academy.

The awards were presented by the Mayor of Kirklees to Mirfield Free Grammar who with high marks
won all three classes.
In attendance were Inner 9 ADG David Ramsbottom and 1040 DG Phil Poole.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Rotarian Mike Gill said," it is an absolute delight to see over a hundred young students applying themselves as small teams to a difficult challenge producing a portfolio tracing their thought processes as well as a working device".


 A guide to the day:-Technology Tournaments held annually, are a day out for teams of four students with an interest in engineering, design, technology and science, to design and build a solution to an unseen technical task within a specific time frame. The teams need to have good communication skills, be well organised and able to show the stages of development of their task solution in a design portfolio. Each team's solution as a working model is competitively tested and assessed by a team of judges. Recognition is given to the winning teams in each of three age categories.

  Luddite representation was Bill H,Tony, Judging and equipment build, Terry equipment build,
Keith central electronic control,
   Margaret reception and Nigel judging and event organiser, with myself Jeff doing photos.
 

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