Technology Tournament run by Rotary Club of Twickenham
Tue 28th March 2017 at 07.30 - 16.00
2017 Technology Tournament at Richmond Park Academy
9 LOCAL SCHOOLS COMPETED IN 2017 TECHNO TOURNAMENT!
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 testing stage.
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”.