Nearly 150 Secondary School pupils took part in the recent Rotary Technology Tournament held at the Bournemouth Collegiate School. This was the 5th time it has been held since its inception in 2014. Organised by the Rotary Clubs in our District including Bournemouth North, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Westbourne the event was a huge success.
37 teams of 4 students from Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 took part and were challenged to design and build a module space capsule launcher capable of firing a light ball a set height into the air which then had to be recovered by parachute. Starting promptly at 9am the students were required to work as a team to design and construct their solution using a set of materials provided by the organisers which included wood, glue, elastic bands, card and fabric. They then had to demonstrate their construction to the Judges on the test firing ranges. Their design and planning portfolio was also taken into account during the marking process.
The Roll of Honour for this year’s event was as follows:-
Key Stage 3 – Winners – Ringwood School Team 2
2nd Place – Ringwood School Team 1
3rd Place – Twynham School, Christchurch
Key Stage 4 – Winners – Twynham Team 2, Christchurch
2nd Place – Harewood School
3rd Place – The Grange School, Christchurch
Key Stage 5 – Winners – Ringwood School
2nd Place – Twynham School, Christchurch
3rd Place – Bournemouth School for Girls
The organising committee was chaired by Bournemouth North Rotarian Anne Green who thanked the team for the enormous amount of hard work that had gone into making the event such a success. Anne said that a special thank you should also go to the 2 main sponsors BAE System of Christchurch and Marden Edwards Technology of Wimborne, together with the Bournemouth Collegiate School who hosted the event. “Without so many volunteers from our local Rotary Clubs and the backing of our sponsors the event could not go ahead but having seen the results over the years and this year in particular it was well worth the effort”.