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184 young people, plus teachers, drivers, organising Rotarians and Uncle Tom Cobley and all gathered at the Bournemouth Collegiate School for the Rotary Technology Tournament 2023.

Forty-six teams of four students, representing 11 schools in the Bournemouth & Christchurch, area was the record-breaking entry to the event which is in its eighth year.

The students had to solve a technical problem set by the organisers - there are good reasons why we cannot share what the challenge was at this time, but suffice to say “it was tough.

Each team was presented with a basic assortment of materials and a written brief of the challenge. They then had to design, make, construct, and operate the device in the very limited time of 4 hours. At the end of the allotted time the teams had to show their working and finished results to the judges and demonstrate its operation. Points were awarded for all aspects of the process.

The winners of each group this year were

Key Stage 3 Bournemouth School

Key Stage 4 Ringwood High School

Key Stage 5 Twynham School

The Chief Judge’s special prize for team work and endeavour went to Moyles Court School.

Sponsored by BAe Systems, Mardon Edwards Engineering and the Bournemouth Collegiate School, the event was a high point in the Rotary Calendar and is one more example of action in support of youth.

Enjoy the photos, the first is of our President Peter with the Ringwood KS4 team who came second in their category. The smiles say it all.

PS. Uncle Tom Cobley tried his best but no coconut his year.

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