Technology Tournament led by Twickenham Rotary Club
Tue 19th March 2019 at 07.30 - 16.00
A Technology Tournament is run every year for schools in Richmond Borough. It is led by Twickenham Rotary Club with help from TuT and other local Rotary Clubs and up to twelve of the local schools. This year's Tournament took place on 19th March 2019
9 LOCAL SCHOOLS COMPETED IN 2018 TECHNO TOURNAMENT!
An amazing event takes place every year at a local school. Recent years have seen the Technology Tournament at Richmond Park Academy! The Rotary Club of Twickenham, with support from our club and others in the local area, brings together 100+ students and teachers from up to 12 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 is always superb to see them all taking their tables in the hall and getting their heads down to problem solve. The results are 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 Twickenham RC in the organisation and running of the event.
How did all this happen? Well - go back to 2016 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 in 2017. 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 in 2017, 22 teams from 9 schools in Richmond borough participated in the tournament, and in 2018 this was increased to (number to be added shortly). 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”.