Leeds Technology Tournament

Tue, Mar 7th 2023 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Aireborough Rotary provided volunteer judges and stewards as well as the committee chair for the Leeds Technology Tournament after a break of two years

An unexpectedly large number of four member teams - 45 in all from 15 different secondary schools signed up for the Leeds Technology Tournament 2023. Both Benton Park and Horsforth Schools brought competitive teams.

The project for the Foundation Group was to get supplies across a crocodile infested river, building and testing a vehicle to run on a suspended cable. The Intermediate Group had to carry a load across and drop it on the opposite side whilst after dropping the load the Advanced Group had to reverse the vehicle back to its start point. Teams could test their vehicle at any point during the build. First stage for all teams was to produce a portfolio with diagrams describing how the challenge would be met.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Robert Gettings of Morley and the Lady Mayoress, his wife Lesley, also a Councillor moved round talking to all the teams. Being a former teacher at Woodkirk high School he was particularly interested in how the teachers present dealt with the Advanced challenge watched by an enthusiastic and boisterous crowd of pupils.

Because a large number of teams completed the project with time to spare, they were all given the additional challenge of meeting the aims of the Advanced Teams' project. This resulted in the Horsforth School Foundation level team winning the overall Innovation Prize, most creditable solution of the overall Tournament.

Thanks go to Aireborough members Janet Appleton, Graham Davies, John Kitching, Robert Mirfield, Alicia Ridout and Andrew Wilson for carrying out their various valuable roles at the Tournament.



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