Technology tournament puts students’ design skills to the test

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 February 2013

Greneway School’s model gets a test run on the ramp during the Technology Tournament.

Greneway School’s model gets a test run on the ramp during the Technology Tournament.


INNOVATIVE design skills were put to the test when school pupils took part in a technology tournament.

The Rotary Club of Royston’s annual schools technology tournament saw teams challenged to design and create a working model which would climb a ramp under its own power.

They were judged on putting together a portfolio on the making of the model and their creative skills in design and technology.

Chris Hardy, the president of the Rotary Club of Royston, said all those taking part had done “amazingly well” in solving the technical problems of putting together the models.

He said: “This was probably the hardest task we have seen in the past six years of running the tournament. Everyone did amazing well.”

He said pupils had applied good application in solving the task and displayed a great deal of scientific knowledge in creating the working models.

Schools represented in the tournament were from Roysia, Greneway and Meridian in Royston and Edwinstree and Ralph Sadleir in Buntingford.

There were also sixth-form teams from Meridian and Freman College, Buntingford.

The tournament at the Cambridge Motel, Shepreth, was supported by Johnson Matthey, the TTP Group in Melbourn, Cambridge Consultants and North Herts District Council.

A team from Freman College won the lower school competition and Meridian School the upper school contest.

A special presentation sponsored by Johnson Matthey and awarded by John Gourd, the company’s site planning and services director, was awarded to pupils from Greneway School.

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