Rotary Technology Tournament 2014 – Local schools put to the test by BAE Systems


The annual Rotary International / BAE Systems Technology Tournament, which involved over 100 schools from within Lancashire and Cumbria, took place on Friday March 14th with around 300 teams taking part at ten regional centres throughout the two counties in the North West.

The local Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley event took place at The Hollins Technology College, Accrington with 14 schools participating on March 14th 2014.

160 children made up 40 teams of 4 plus teams of Teachers.

This year’s challenge:
A radioactive meteorite has landed in your area. The task was to design and build a gripping device, so that the meteorite could be safely handled from a distance. The meteorite – a tennis ball – was positioned in an open fronted box. The meteorite must be picked up securely by one team member operating the device you have made, from a distance of 1.5m, and placed centrally on the target area. The ball must not be rolled during picking up, delivery or placement on the target.
The three sections, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced, had different parameters to work with around the same basic problem, moving the meteorite safely.

The children enjoyed a great day, not to mention the teachers, putting different ideas forward, using wire, wood, glue and screws, while developing team work skills, meeting deadlines and getting to know children from other schools.

The results were:

Foundation section winners: Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe.
Runners up: St. Wilfrid’s C of E Academy, Blackburn.

Intermediate section winners: Accrington Academy, Accrington.
Runners up: Norden High School, Rishton.

Advanced section winners: Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn.
Runners up: Westholme School, Blackburn.

Chief Judge, Rotarian George Blenkinship, commented on the high standard of entries this year with, what was a very challenging project. Rotarian Blenkinship also thanked Hollins Technology College for, once again, hosting the event.

The event was organised by Rotary Clubs from across East Lancashire with a large team of Rotarians Stewarding and Judging.

We hope you will be able to give some post event publicity to this year’s event, one of the best ever!

Thank you for your support.

Further information is available from:

Rotarian David Bleazard
Rotary Club of Clitheroe
17 Hippings Way

Tel: 01200 444388
Mobile: 07736 742188


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