Rotary technology tournament a hit with Harrogate district schools

A team from St Aidan's C of E High School constructing a bridge as part of the Rotary Club technology challenge. (S)

A team from St Aidan's C of E High School constructing a bridge as part of the Rotary Club technology challenge. (S)

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Ashville College and King James’s School were the big winners of the 2015 Rotary technology tournament.

Taking place at St Aidan’s High School, it attracted 80 students from seven schools across the Harrogate district.

Student teams are given a task with basic materials, such as card, drinking straws, string, and drawing pins.

This year they had to produce a bridge with fixed and opening spans capable of supporting a 1kg test weight.

Tournament coordinator David Russell said: “The challenge combined a number of skills in a fun way. As well as design and technology skills, students have to call on innovation, communication, problem solving, risk taking, and creativity to achieve their goal.

“They also have to produce a design and construction portfolio to show how they arrived at the finished model.”

From almost 20 years the technology tournaments organised by the Rotary Club have involved thousands of young people and over 500 schools, academies and colleges as an established feature of the academic year.

Prizes were presented by the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Coun Jim Clark and Roxanna Matwijiszyn representing sponsor Claro Precision Engineering Ltd of Knaresborough. Thanks also went to other sponsors, Energyline of Knaresborough and the GSM Group of Wetherby.

PRIZE WINNERS: main challenge: foundation gold: Ashville; silver: Ripon Grammar; bronze: Nidderdale; intermediate gold: Ashville; silver: King James’s; bronze: Harrogate Grammar; advanced gold: King James’s; silver: Ripon Grammar; bronze: St Aidan’s. Best portfolio foundation: Ashville; intermediate: Ripon Grammar; advanced: Harrogate Grammar.