Designers claim top spot

The team from Nidderdale with Coun Robert Windass (s)
The team from Nidderdale with Coun Robert Windass (s)

Once again Nidderdale High School was invited to take part in the Rotary Club Design and Technology Tournament.

Last year our team came second so there was lots of pressure and expectations from our technology teacher Mr Hawkins to beat that. This year we were competing against 14 other school teams in the intermediate category and the task was to make a weight powered vehicle that would travel up a small slope whilst raising a flag. We were asked to put together a portfolio of designs and ideas, then use our knowledge and these ideas to construct the vehicle.

When it came to testing our expectations weren’t that high but to our surprise it went 13cm on our first try. We made some minor adjustments and had another go managing to get it to 14cm. We were amazed it even worked let along had gone the furthest in our category.

When it came to announcing the winners we thought the best we could get was third place and hadn’t given any thought to winning. So when third place was read out and it wasn’t us we thought it was all over. This explains our shock when first place was read out and it was us. We were speechless and couldn’t believe we had won.

It was a fantastic opportunity to take part in and we all really enjoyed the experience as well as having a lot of fun. Well done to the Year 8 team who also competed and tried really hard. We wish them good luck for next year.”

Learn more at open evening

Nidderdale High is set to hold an open evening for prospective students and parents on Thursday, June 6 from 5-7pm.

The evening will be an opportunity to come and meet staff and students. Headteacher Mr Simpson will outline the aspirations and opportunities the school will offer its students and the community as the school builds on its recent good Ofsted report and rapidly improving exam results.