Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary have recently  took part in a brand new initiative for primary schools. The Rochester Bridge Trust and the Rotary have come together to introduce a technology tournament  aimed at the under twelves, and the first competition in the Church and Oswaldtwistle district took place at St Andrew’s  school.

Rotarians Jim Hargreaves, Lyndon and Cath Heap, along with Kathleen Graham from Darwen Rotary took over Year 6 class for the whole day. In the morning the children learned about tension and compression forces, and undertook some fun challenges where they had to test out various materials and join them together to make strong structures. In the afternoon the tournament took place. The children were split into teams and had to design and build a bridge for which they were given a pack of materials and a brief. The winning team was the one who, in the opinion of the judges, stuck best to the brief and showed initiative and team work.

Rotarian Cath Heap said “The Rochester Bridge Technology Challenge includes aspects of design, maths and science, all important aspects of the curriculum, and delivers them to the children in a fun and challenging way. It is the ideal enrichment day activity.

St Andrew’s are part of the RotaKids programme, an important aspect of which is teamwork, the children really showed teamwork in action, and they all joined in with enthusiasm and learned a lot from the day, whilst having fun.”

Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary are keen to introduce new schools to the RotaKids initiative, and would be delighted to hold a Technology Tournament in any primary school in the Oswaldtwistle area. Any teachers who would be interested in finding out more details can contact Cath Heap at: cathheap57@gmail.com

The photo shows: Children left to right: Ciara Marshall, Sophie Wilkinson, Harry Fielding. Adults left to right: Cath Heap, Paul Burns-Teacher, Jim Hargreaves












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