Dundee Technology Tournament 2018

St. Johns High School, Dundee

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Rockets were ready to blast off when five of the main secondary schools in Dundee competed at the Rotary Young Technologists Tournament held at St. Johns High School on Wednesday.

36 pupils from Harris Academy (2 teams), Monifieth High School (2 teams), Braeview Academy, Dundee High School (2 teams) and St. Johns High School (2 teams) entered the competition to build a rocket launching pad from a kit of basic construction materials. Competitors had no knowledge of the task in advance and were challenged with building the pad from scratch in just five hours.

Not to be outdone, Rotarians and Teachers put together a combined team called the “Half Stars” so that they could show the youngsters how it should be done.

Said one of the girl competitors “ Boys and heavy tension elastic bands do not mix. We girls are standing our distance”. Another pupil commented, “We could have done with some advice from NASA but we are not allowed to use our mobile phones”.

The event is run by the four Rotary Clubs in Dundee – Dundee, Claverhouse, Broughty Ferry and Dundee who appointed experienced local engineers, technologists and Rotarians, Malcolm Horner and  Allan Henderson as Judges.

The Lord Provost of Dundee, Ian Borthwick, presented Rotary Young Technologists Awards to the winning teams. The Senior Level Trophy was won by  St Johns High School, the Intermediate Trophy awarded to the High School of Dundee and Monifieth High School received the Foundation Award.      

The Lord Provost said “Engineering and Technology skills are vital to the development of our future world. It is really exciting to see the amazing talent we have in our pupils and in our very dedicated teachers in the City, producing such tremendous results.”

The Rotary Young Technology Tournament, one of six different annual Youth Development Competitions run by Rotary in Dundee, is designed to recognise, develop and promote budding young, local talent to become leading engineers and technologists of the future. The Rotary Young Technology Tournaments are accredited by the British Science Association so that every entrant can apply for a CREST Discovery Award.       

Tim Baker, Rotary District Youth Coordinator and organiser of the event, said “The aim of today is fun, learning and excitement and we have achieved all three in spades. The winners have truly deserved their awards. All competitors applied smart thinking, real intellect and were quick to react. What an achievement for them all !”

Pupils from all five schools thoroughly enjoyed the event. One pupil commented,” There were two highlights for me – eventually launching our rocket and watching the teachers have real problems getting their rocket off the ground at all!”

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